The LEFT blinked; The RIGHT winked
The HAND said- “WELCOME HONEY”.
Both laughed and raised a toast,
“For nothing is as sweet as MONEY”
For a newborn arriving in the hospital,
Birth by c-section could turn fatal…
The cut mark screams as a pointer
To the hunted and the hunter!
Several bills across the table,
In reality and not in AESOP’s FABLE;
bribes and greasy talk you see,
How in human God’s creation can be???
Layers of dusty files surround
Belittling the pensioners around
“Not today, SIR. Come tomorrow”
Is he justifying his sorrow???
“Marry him and lead a good life”
Directs the SARPANCH to the raped woman, in strife,
Would she ever be able to give
The love that was snatched, and not received ???
“NO> 20 in the waiting list!” exclaims the family,
“ Call the Corporator”…’ take his reference’, suggestions
Tumble out of the belly!
The little child , frail and doomed
Forever, by his guardians, clearly assumed…
His innocence, never to be replaced
Stuck for life with the greys that he faced.
Two ladies fragrant with betel, assaulted on their way
To fetch water in the hot month of MAY.
With burning skin and the scorching heat,
WE care for our cows and the MEAT
Make them believe as they say
THEIR summers are here to stay.
An envelope unbuttons its seal,
For a large portion of flesh and kill
Dying a solitary death even when alive…
How worthy was it to take a bribe?
Drugs and pills in the gaming ring
From boxing to athletics, a short term fling,
“Bring medals and unfurl our national pride”
It’s a reverse offer of seek and hide!
“No kerosene, no sugar”- the pot bellied man cried out
TO the DISMAL DESPAIRING crowd,
The hungry tummies rioting at home…
We are talking about INDIA, and not ROME.
STALking, EVEteasing are fun for young men and boys
Women and girls are cheap as toys
So pour the acid on her unknown face
Leave her to suffer at her pace!
A few days or few hours in prison
Is what the guilty face with reason,
While the JUDICIARY sleeps an early death
Unperturbed by the public wrath.
The broom, The lotus, The hand, The sickle
are all a mockery of political fickle.
Why then do we restrain at all and
Wait for others to take a call?
JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED
Even as the rogues are out of sight,
Raise an alarm, Ring the bell,
Hold the baton to share and tell…
Mere words of comfort and some crispy notes
A cooing delight before the votes
A job on hold, some rations sold
Link the promises that are foretold.
Candlelight marches and silence for a minute,
Have done us no good as a unit,
Pleas and pledges, vows and prayers
have ceased to foil, strike the swords…
Be brave , be bold
Let the agony unfold.
Develop your plan and analyze
And cut down to the essential size.
May the pen write the deeds of our nation,
With grit, patience, and determination.
So keep marching in a rightful way,
To gift a serene and sublime today.
Hoot against bribe and corruption
For they are the mediums of human pollution.
Together we must and in unity, we can
Stop THE MENACE and THE MAN!
The soul that cleanses here on EARTH
Is hopeful in gloom and mirth…
-By Shrabanti Ray