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DREAM INDIA: Poetry that makes a Difference

By Ritu Garg

Contributing Author for Spark Igniting Minds

I am a bureaucrat

Divide and rule,

The Corrupt’s biggest tool.

Remember the crooked monkey

Whom two cats asked to divide a roti?

Bit by bit the smart ape ate

every bite balancing the heavy plate

while the light Facetious cats were left with naught

The Semian benefitted while the cats fought.

I am a common man

I had to give a lecture on corruption

I was late in reaching my destination

Traffic signals caused a further obstruction

I had to jump the red light out of compulsion.

How could I reach late for the function?

The traffic police did not listen to my reason or compunction

He perhaps wanted his small, little compensation

I shoved a Rs 100 note to stop his question

And I ran off to give a lecture on corruption!

I am a politician

If You are hungry I will bring God

If You are angry I will bring a sword

If You want to speak against a scandal

I will send my guys to handle

I know how to make a thief run

and when to wake up the watchman

I am a seasoned politician

I have the power, I have the nation!

I am the media

I am the opinion leader

I am attached to a feeder.

I am supposed to speak my mind

But after being prompted from behind

I am so good at doing full coverage

For whatever you mean by that phrase

I have to be obedient to the powers that be

My opinion is censored though my country is free!

I am the internet

Social media Creates utopia

Virushka’s wedding or Sridevi’s funeral

Reduced me and my folk to a lesser mortal

I was on the verge of dementia!

Dream India

When noise transforms in a voice

And pandemonium gives way to poise

Where money doesn’t make the mare go

Where ethics prevail over self and ego

Where religion doesn’t work as opiate

Where power doesn’t corrupt and vitiate

Where common man defines the constitution

Where transparency defines every institution.

Where there is no dystopia.

I dream of such an India!

About Ritu Garg

Ms.Ritu Garg

Ritu Garg, a wordsmith.  She collects words like a philatelist would collect stamps or a numismatic would collect coins. Words give her power,  She shares a relationship with them.

Words make her thoughts tactile, tangible and transferrable.

She is a management graduate in finance. She has a strong passion for languages, history, social institutions, food, fashion, parenting and health and now following writing and translation as her profession.

Image by Paul Brennan from Pixabay

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Jan 18, 2020

Marvellous Ritu, my favourite part is about the ‘Common Man’! So beautifully depicted the present condition of our country. Keep writing!


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