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
civilisation?
Freedom and democracy?
George Bush speaks of
F&D
all the time,
I've rarely heard him called
civilised.

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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