Archive for July, 2013

July 22, 2013

Poem

with due apologies to Tagore

by Professor Indira Babbellapati

– July 21, 2013

 

show me a mind that’s not

held captive to fear

and head bowed lowest

 

show me a place where

knowledge isn’t up for sale

 

show me a world that’s not

broken into fragments by

ever increasing ‘narrow domestic walls’

 

where words aren’t dipped

in all hues of ink and

drenched in lies

 

where the mediocrity isn’t

the order of perfection

 

where reason isn’t clouded

by i-ness and lost its way

in the vague labyrinth of one-up-ship

 

 

 

 

 

where ‘dead habit’ isn’t

what the day is made of

where mind isn’t manipulated

by a corrupt few

 

o, my country

o, the gods that went deaf

free, free yourselves

from these narrow confines

of thoughtlessness and

utter inaction and muted voices

to lead yourself and us into

that ‘heaven of freedom’

from this ‘hell of bondage!’