Treasure Island

gajanan mishra

(3rd April 19sixty / Tikapali, Patnagarh, Balangir, Odisha, India now at Tapobana, Titilagarh, Odisha, India)

First fool

I am the first fool here, my dear.

The people of my state Odisha in India
Are equally fools.

On this Fool's Day, April First
Nineteen thirty six formation
Of my state Odisha is made.

The basis of formation of
My state Odisha is Language
And the name of language is
Odia, now a classic language of India.

The people of my state Odisha
Hate this Odia language to use
In day to day performance of works,
The state chief reluctant to speak
In this language.

I am the first fool here, my dear
In this state who is staying without my
Language, though I know
Mother, Mother-tongue, Mother-land
Are the identity of a man.

See, the people of this state
They are eating, drinking and sleeping
And saying, Hurrah, see us, we are here,
Are we not fools? we are the tools,
And we are tolerating all and cool.

This Fool's Day is the formation day
Of my state Odisha and I am the first fool here.

Submitted: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Edited: Tuesday, April 01, 2014

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

On 1.4.1936 Odisha is formed and declared as a separate state in British India, on the basis of language Odia, the classic and high class top language of India. India got Independence from British rule on 15th August 1947. Still we do not love this language. This Odia language is the official language of Odisha on the basis of Odisha official language Act 1954, wherein it is mentioned that this language to be used for all or any of the official purposes of the state of Orissa. But nowhere it is used so far. Are we, the people of this state not fools? I am the first fool, since I am tolerating this and violating the language act without any objection from anybody.

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