Posted by: Ron DuBour | May 15, 2015

RAINBOW AT NIGHT~by Rajendra Padhi




Our leaders are pious orators of words
In every five years attentively
Circulate to our blood so many dreams.

Stratagem of past contrived, provisions
For kitchen, clothes, shelters for years
Poor to hide their breasts, petticoats
For girls, a cut in the price, promises
All around us in loud voices in speeches
Ideals, -isms, ethics, morality, religions
Run like flame in the rain on platforms.

Earthquakes, flood, farmers’ suicides
Flinging out in unbeaten logic, glimpses
Of Indian history, love and non-violence
Reflect everything like wall mirrors
Unconscious of what they say,
People are unconscious what they listen.

They are lined up in streets in the morn
To be sold for a day to contractors,
They sleep under tamarind trees
Dream of sweet homes in empty belly.

The watchmen and the fence eat the crops
Their art in subtle ways like fake seers
Casting a rainbow at night for fools to watch
Cheating oneself is rarest of the rare
Reasoning lies for others all alike
Strange adulterers of mother’s milk.

Composed and copyright by Rajendra K. Padhi

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