Zero…..he became


You are nothing but a zero
shouted his father at him
throwing his progress report on the floor
making him squirm in shame

You are nothing but a zero
fumed the father through clenched teeth
when he fumbled and mumbled
in front of people

You are nothing but a zero
snarled the father at him viciously
look into my eyes when I talk to you
and try as he might, he just couldn’t

You are nothing but a zero
thundered the father at him
at your age, I had to fend for myself
and his self esteem sank further

A day arrived when he came to believe that he really was nothing but a zero
he couldn’t talk to people
couldn’t look them in the eye
and felt powerless, worthless, useless

The word “zero” haunted him day and night
gnawing at his senses and his soul
he failed at everything , his father’s words proved right
he did turn out to be a “Zero”

© Oct 2016 Sapna Dhyani Devrani

Author: Sapna Dhyani

I am Sapna Dhyani. I write about everything that crosses my mind. I write about life as I see it and like to infuse humour into my blogs. I belong to Dehradun but now live in a new city after every two years, being an army wife. This uprooting of base every couple of years, setting up a new home in a new place, meeting new people and forging new friendships, exploring new cities; all this ensures that I go through and am blessed with a myriad of experiences.

8 thoughts on “Zero…..he became”

  1. I wished someone wrote about the zero in the marksheets. You did. And how!

    Each child has a unique set of strengths, but parents so badly fail by judging the child by conventional benchmarks.

    It’s the father who scored zero here.

    I rate it the best post on the prompt till now!

    Liked by 1 person

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