It was a weird dream I saw,
Today in the morning at four.
There was a small black panther traversing my dreamland,
I caught him and covered him with a cloth;
I wanted to protect him from this brutal world.
There was a bridge which I carried him across,
Cradled in my arms like a baby,
I just wanted to take him home.
There were policemen standing at the bridge’s end,
And they wouldn’t let me into the main city,
With anything suspicious in hand,
I had no other option but to tell them the whole scene,
I was going to but somehow he slipped out of my grasp.
He entered the city and created a lot of hue and cry,
I ran after him remembering I had sworn to protect him,
I found him running for his life afraid of the din and noise,
I caught him by the neck and cradled him again,
As I took him home that night.
A weirder scene met me at home,
My mother was cooking in the kitchen,
And a tigress was polishing her nails sitting at the door;
My mother treated it like it had always existed,
And I paid it as much attention as I do to my pet dogs.
I brought the Panther inside and named him CHAOS,
Due to the furore created by him,
Amongst the people of the city.
I caressed my other pets and went to get food for Chaos;
A bizarre sight awaited me when I reached the kitchen,
The tigress was licking her well painted nails,
And the color was a bright red.
She also wore studs and a necklace,
Which shone in the luminous light of the kitchen bulb.
I found some milk for Chaos and with a bowl in hand,
I went in search for him but nowhere was he found,
I searched inside and outside but I had lost him,
At the end I was all stricken and panicked,
I was still asking,
“Where is Chaos?”
By this time I woke up from this vivid dream,
But it was stuck in my head the whole day.
Trying to make sense out of this fantastical dream,
The question still revolves in my head,
A sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach and my heart in flutters,
Whenever I ask, “Where is Chaos?”
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