The poem Devilish Tree is an aspiration towards a discrimination-free world, a casteless society. The second poem, Exaggeration, is about the poet and her world. Here are Shalini’s two poems for Different Truths.
A Pomeranian and a Spaniel lived far away
Cute and furry, smart little pets they were
Abolishing the breed segregation,
New little Cockeranians walked in
A new breed evolved
Cockeranians ask back in resentment
“Et tu Brute, we wanted a casteless world”
“Don’t brand us by our birth”, the puppies weep
Roots of the caste tree still resides
We keep adding more branches, very often
Lets crack the roots of this devil tree
And lets free all lives from it
Will that happen? Or is it possible?
But I wish at least this can be done
Let we appreciate the goodness in each other
And stop blaming each other, can’t we?
Her eye sore,
running nose or the fever
couldn’t stop her pen
they were astonished
they gave up their menial
and started admiring her words
they knew she ignores them
but they still wished to stay with her
she scares them with medicines
they refuse to go away
In anger she stops her pen
Euphoric they run afar
her sleeping brain speaks then,
hey poetic fool, you took rest.
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