Nikhil Parekh

Freshman - 508 Points (27/08/1977 / Dehradun, India)

If Only - Poem by Nikhil Parekh

If only sunshine replaced gloomy nights of winter
if only tufts of grass replaced barren patches of
infertile land,
if only cars replaced filthy exteriors of tumbledown
if only tropical juice replaced beer mugfulls of
contaminated water,
if only yards of silk replaced yellow rolls of
threadbare cotton,
if only compressed honey biscuits replaced hard loafs
of bacterial bread,
if only petroleum extract replaced illegal sales of
noxious kerosene,
if only hi-tech computers replaced quintals of school
paper stationary,
if only white sparkling marble replaced unpolished
fragments of cheap tile,
if only silver spoons replaced their counterpart mates
engraved in thick
if only mirrors replaced morbid walls with crumbling
if only exquisite snake leather replaced large purses
of inferior suede,
if only golden sodium lights replaced dim emissions of
fluorescent tubes,
if only luxury air-conditioner replaced Luke warm air
draughts of ceiling
if only fecund soil mass replaced colossal
plains of scorched sand,
if only varnished mahogany replaced plaintive sheets
of ordinary wood,
if only balls of white snow replaced dry laden winds
of boiling heat,
if only gold coins replaced all kinds of stone strewn
on the ground,
if only affluence replaced poverty residing in all
domains of the globe,
then we would seldom pray to the supreme creator,
his quota of responsibilities thus fading into
each of us would then transit to super gods breathing
for eternity,
in a strife free world bestowed with undeserved riches

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Poem Submitted: Monday, August 18, 2014

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