Shail re-creates four news of the week gone by in verse. A fearless journalist, Gauri Lankesh, was gunned down at point blank range at her Bangalore home, by unknown assailants. A Brit paedophile assaulted three blind children in Delhi. The Data Dollar Store, a pop-up shop in London, accepts personal data as currency. In the West Coast in the US, golfers played through fire. A Different Truths exclusive.
How Many More Times?
another honest journalist
bites the dust.
gets shot once again
as a political conspiracy,
pull down a woman to her grave
for doing her duty well.
Can a 21-gun salute compensate
a cowardly murder
when feeble attempts
to find her attackers
drown trust in justice?
How many more Gauri Lankeshes will have to go
before power mongers
are punished by the law?
How many more times
will the pen of truth have to be slashed
with the sword of corrupting injustice
before the light reaches the tunnel?
Guess the Price of Plunder
I guess, the long plundering rule
of the British in India
did not suffice.
I guess, the murderous looting
of the richest country in the world
did not pay enough a price
for a British (yes, once again!) paedophile
to continue insensitively ransacking
the country’s pride –
that too, in a blind school institution
of kids whose world already darkened by nature
now, cruelly made obscure by sexual assault
even as news filters in
of more children
their trust misused,
by 54-year-old Murry Denis –
a venom inducing hiss
Have no money?
Want to buy a product?
Not a joke, it isn’t even funny.
There is a store,
yes, a proper one with windows and doors
in London downtown
where cash is discouraged,
for commodity purchased.
Never knew, personal data
could be so useful –
pictures, emails, messages
quite a handful!
you find yourself less of funds
just head for the Data Dollar Store
and buy that T-shirt you wanted ever so more
all for a few photos stashed away
in that phone of yours.
Curious about the data deals,
used or misused?
Ha! That’s another news!
Teeing Around with Ma Nature
Let Nature drown or burn-
Never leave a goddam game unfinished!
Let Creation go for a toss-
Never permit a golfer to be cross!
Let him push that ball wherever he wants it to go.
You better listen to me ‘cos I am telling you so!
While wildfire rages behind,
a team of committed golfers
play on the Beacon Rock Golf Course
unmindful of the 31,000-acre eagle creek
igniting the blue sky
as many beautiful lush trees painfully die.
Even the air mourns with the smoke
but all the golfers can do
is tee around with golf clubs in tow.
What an insensitive show!
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Shail Raghuvanshi is a freelance writer, editor, content writer, book reviewer and poet. A post graduate in Journalism and Mass Communication, she has 20 years of writing experience in newspaper, magazine, radio, television and the internet. Her poems, short stories and articles have been published in leading magazines, journals and e-books apart from featuring in anthologies. A daughter, a wife and a mother, she is the eternal optimist. Faith, friendship and family make her life complete.