we speak about
incidents, accidents and things
that we haven’t experienced;
but heard, sensed or witnessed.
We then, imagine our realities
around that thought;
Tigress Avni, and her right to live
is a far reality.
What is closer to me
is the fear of hurt, of death;
Of my closer ones or mine – that a wild Avni could cause.
And what difference any way
Can a tiger make in the Anthropocene?
Except, a symbolic death.
But nature, you are still alive.
Long Live Nature, Long Live Earth!
But as I look
at my close – near and dear ones;
I see that I also don’t like
All my fellow humans.
I acknowledge and appreciate
(Sometimes – wishing the harsher, the better.)
to people deemed unfit to live;
Because I imagine them as threats to my closer ones or me.
We need to get rid off
These people, like we got rid-off Avni
Both, threatening order.
How innocently mean is my society?
It only cared to provide an equal, a just place
Falling short, just because of some anomalies
Despite equal opportunities and rights to all.
Or was there equal opportunity at all?
Closer as I get to myself,
I peek into what I have evolved into.
I enjoy the food and wine;
not bothered of the hands who produced,
or of the lives that were compromised,
or of the earth that was taken for granted.
I run to save myself
from a stray dog gone wild.
Forgetting the child I left behind,
who was playing with me,
and thought I was her friend.
And just a while ago, I was talking about
How Avni was wronged.
How capital punishment is unjust.
How we ignore our farmers’ plight.
Are we any different?
To me, we are more the same.
Freedom to choose;
But lost heart and conscious to choose,
Beyond our own imaginary realities.