Castles in the air - they are so easy to take refuge in. And so easy to build, too.

आम्हां घरी धन शब्दांचीच रत्नें | शब्दांचीच शस्त्रें यत्न करुं ||
शब्द चि आमुच्या जीवांचे जीवन | शब्दें वांटूं धन जनलोकां ||
तुका म्हणे पाहा शब्द चि हा देव | शब्द चि गौरव पूजा करुं ||
- abhang of Tukaram Wolhoba Ambile of Dehu

There's No Freedom Like That of a Child's Imagination

கடலுக்கு உண்டு கற்பனைக்கு இல்லை கட்டுப்பாடு

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Godawful Poetry Fortnight - 9

What are the pillars of
Freedom and democracy?
George Bush speaks of
all the time,
I've rarely heard him called

Maybe electricity, roads, water?
Health, education, jobs?
We hardly have these
yet we go on about India
being a 5000-year old
civilisation, don't we.

Peace of mind, communal
harmony, that kind of stuff?
No one's got that I think
yet the human race is
not counted among the
wildlife, anywhere,
is it?

I think I know.
The two pillars of society are
liquid soap
and a bum shower.
Those two.
You see, that indicates
a) running water is available
b) sanitation happens
Atleast you're confident
about being clean somewhat.


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