Another Candle On the Wall

He stood there watching in the dark alley as she was surrounded by 4 men. He didn’t know who she was,nor did she. He saw one of them grab her by the arm & the other cover her mouth to prevent her from screaming. He could see her scared eyes pleading him to help her. He watched as they dragged her away. He watched till they were longer seen. He watched…..I cant help her he thought, I just cant. He watched.

Just gonna stand there and watch me burn
But that’s alright because I like the way it hurts
Just gonna stand there and hear me cry
But that’s alright because I love the way you lie
I love the way you lieRihanna

He woke up in a cold sweat. He screamed in pain as the words of the song seemed to burn a hole in his skull. It was almost as if her eyes were mocking at him now. He tried to keep himself strong. He dressed for work & walked on the street trying to tear away memories from last night. A familiar song seemed to be playing somewhere close by

Everyone considered him
The coward of the county
He’d never stood one single time
To prove the county wrong
His mama named him Tommy
But folks just called him yellowKenny Rogers

He felt everyone around him mocking him. He could still see those eyes. Those petrified eyes. He saw them again! Right in front of him in the newspaper. RAPED AND MURDERED it said. He couldn’t take it. He had done nothing last night coz he was scared.

I’m not a perfect person
There’s many things I wish I didn’t do
But I continue learning
I never meant to do those things to you
And so I have to say before I go
That I just want you to know
I’ve found a reason for me
To change who I used to be
A reason to start over new
And the reason is youHoobastank

There were thousands around him at that moment. It was a day later. A portrait was placed at the far end of the gathering. He approached it with a candle. He saw those eyes again. He felt ashamed. He stood in front of her portrait & thought to himself

And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
Never knowing who to cling to
When the rain set in
And I would have liked to have known you
But I was just a kid
Your candle burned out long before
Your legend ever did! Elton John

And then he looked around. He saw thousands of Candles. He saw even more people. Everyone looked sombre. He wondered what they would have done if they were in his place.

We don’t need no education
We don’t need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
All in all it’s just another brick in the wall
All in all you’re just another brick in the wallPink Floyd

He wondered if they were all another brick in the wall. And he wondered if should would just be another Candle on the wall.

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  1. Bhavana Lalwani

    well said .. I agree, many a times we can’t do anyhting but to watch the wrong doings .. no we are not cowards but yes we are scared of the consequences that will follow us and sometimes our family too.

  2. Ryan

    Thank you Bhavana…. Yes many are scared coz sometimes the one who helps is troubled more after the act

  3. Datta Ghosh (@IamDattaGhosh)

    That was hard hitting…Soul searching…love the way it hurts…because we deny that we are superman with wing in his back

  4. Ryan

    Thank you Datta 🙂

  5. Nimi Arora

    Interesting read… sad facts…

    1. Ryan

      Thank you 🙂

  6. Love, Life and Whatever


    1. Ryan

      Thank you 🙂

  7. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder

    Harsh reality…we preach so much but seldom we act accordingly 🙁 remorse and repentance…. all we can have….

    1. Ryan

      True Maniparna…. Some call it helplessness but most of them are never bothered.

  8. Rahul (desire v/s destiny)

    Harsh but well said

  9. Proactive Indian

    Creative use of lyrics to put the point across!
    Sadly, since we’ve all heard or read about people who paid heavy prices for being brave, we have started believing that ‘brave’ actually means ‘foolhardy’.


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