Arun Kolatkar

(1 November 1932 – 25 September 2004 / Maharashtra / India)

Scratch - Poem by Arun Kolatkar

What is god
and what is stone
the dividing line
if it exists
is very thin
at jejuri
and every other stone
is god or his cousin

there is no crop
other than god
and god is harvested here
around the year
and round the clock
out of the bad earth
and the hard rock

that giant hunk of rock
the size of a bedroom
is khandoba's wife turned to stone
the crack that runs right across
is the scar from his broadsword
he struck her down with
once in a fit of rage

scratch a rock
and a legend springs


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Poem Submitted: Thursday, March 29, 2012



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