In recent times, a small gesture, a thoughtful line, A bunch of flowers, some knick-knack, A birthday remembered, a return gift as a sign, Souvenirs picked for pals on travels abroad & back. Some hamper put together for someone kind, Keeping in mind someone’s craving or will, Fulfilling it for buddies just to remind, That someone remembered them out of goodwill! Notable when least expected by them, Being caring, responsive, and kind Being humane & sensitive instead of numb In short just being humane as mankind. Has led folks to ask me more & more The question which has begun to haunt, To pre-occupy & plague my mind to the core As they ask the question & an answer they want! “What’s UP?”, they ask, each time I reach out, I attempt to touch The lives around me – well, is it a crime? To show love & care this much? And I am compelled to think, To stand & ponder To try and understand the missing link, And ask myself and wonder. To fathom the context, To understand the other’s perspective & query, How to explain to all that there is no contest, Just to appreciate & enjoy, there is no theory! My time and moments with family & friends, Comes instinctively as breathing & gets me dividends, This approach for my relationships is the master key; There’s nothing more satisfying, friends!! Thus, the question “What’s up” I get asked Through baffled, bewildered lips, As mates, buddies & pals are aghast, Why I do not follow the set scripts!! When we lend a sympathetic ear To a sad and lonely soul, What’s up? – should not be what we hear, Its our duty to show compassion & console. When someone needs for us to stand-up, And fight for them, their right, What’s up? – should not be on our minds, If we can, our friends we should back-up!! A cute gesture from the bottom of your heart, To show someone an added care, What’s up? – should not be a part Of big-eyed questioning, as it shouldn’t be rare!!! Why was the gesture done? What was she thinking? Sure, she wants something from someone!? Or has some hidden agenda, they start linking!!! Some guffaw, some sneer, others giggle, Almost always they do not believe the gesture, They roll their eyes & pronouncements get fickle, There’s no point in giving a lecture!!!! For it gets funny and irrational The looks of uncertainty get comical, And the verdict sensational Almost like a spell illogical!!! Why ask: What’s up? For everything done, I’d ask my pals & mates Why should something like this stun? In fact, our love it demonstrates!! Why can’t a simple deed be taken And accepted with no ifs and buts And not be mistaken, For never forget – to be real takes a lot of guts! Thus, I tell from the bottom of my heart An innocent gesture surely shows That I just care which sets me apart As this is a choice I chose. Believe me, this is what was accepted This is what was called ‘normal’ Not doing it, that was unexpected, Asking: What’s up? -today, is abnormal!!!