Poetry And Politics - Poem by Aniruddha Pathak
Something sets me this ponder hard—
Poetry if pumps up politics,
Or politics trumps poetics—
I’ve seen many that see them as bard,
And some rhymesters and no more
That manoeuvre from shore to shore.
Take this now out-of-job minister1,
Another, if I may, rhymester,
Palming out puerile rhymes,
Who thought poet he was ahead of times,
And claimed that he meditated
Thru poems and earned his grade.
Here is one more known for some valour,
Reciting times in gilded glamour,
And captive audience claps his fame.
One more writes verses of some value,
Reflecting in his chair’s borrowed hue,
Yet, both could have stood well on own name2.
Technology now a pen-pusher aids,
It takes compressing a few keys,
And lo, lines come to life in ease,
A jacinth jostling with odd jades,
Juggling with gems of varied shades,
If pen-pusher a smart poet is.
I’m no Plato poets to hate,
Yet, politicians I do lowly rate.
So, I feel of this fairly sure:
Poetry often seem to lure
The ‘ther, but seldom is richer made,
Nor can politics earn a better grade.
1. One of his gems as a sample:
30 days,84 Tweets, /They say I’ve reached over 2 cr peeps,
As I am on this medium sold, /I gather all that twitters isn’t gold,
Here I gather plenty insights, /From politics to basic rights.
2. Both were once Prime Ministers in India.
- Satire | 04.06.14 |
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