Free Verse | Adil Jussawalla1 min read . Updated: 08 Jun 2013, 12:53 PM IST
An excerpt from 'The Right Kind of Dog'
How do I learn to be good
who am good for nothing, thinks the boy,
rejected over and over
for reasons he can’t understand.
He presses his face against glass
to make it look uglier.
How do I learn to be tall
who am only a dull story,
never to be repeated, he wonders.
Every day I grow stronger and stronger,
every day I get better and better,
he tells himself over and over
as his father told him to.
Excerpted from The Right Kind of Dog (Duckbill Books, 64 pages, ₹ 200).