SOME SHER – On Pollution

( NOTE : Sher are couplets. They are
a type of classical Persian & Urdu verse.)

Why do you complain about the flood ?
The dam was so constructed by you,
that its breaking up was inevitable.
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Of course, the Human will go to Heaven.
After all, it too has to be transformed into Hell,
just as he did to Earth.
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You have awakened the slumbering pollution.
Now it has opened its third eye, like Shiva ;
now you are bound to be charred completely.
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The Homo Sapiens are not a carbon copy of Dinosaurs.
Yet, the end of both is supposed to be identical !
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Can I call this a city ?
It is in fact a garbage-dump.
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I have given up hope that the Earth will become
a paradise;
No choice but to strike a friendship with a it,
even though it is pure hell !
*
Says the slum-shanty to the gutter –
‘I don’t like your company ; see how clean I am !’
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O Man, why did you harass Nature,
the young and beautiful lady ?
Now you are getting a thorough whack
on your face !
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O Man, you threw away flowers and chose thorns
No wonder you have Cactus in your hands.
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The Lord banished Adam from Paradise to Earth
Now Adam’s children have banished themselves
from Earth to Hell.
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Bridges collapsed, buildings tumbled down,
roads ruptured
But, no earthquake is to be blamed, Humans are.
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I get only half a bite to eat ; and I am sad
That, tomorrow I won’t get even that, because
pollution is eating up land’s fertility.
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All is not well with the age-old suicide program
Alas ! pollution has dried up all wells !

(From my forthcoming Book ‘Wreath for the Earth ?’ )

– Subhash S. Naik

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