Temple brought out in 1989 is a text
Of a different type and tenor,
Taking poverty and ageing
Into its grip,
The old men in utter despair and dejection,
Poverty maligning them,
Marauding the self.
Though based on news items
Of the suicide of an ageing couple
Living in poverty
And the other on the gangrape and murder
Of a 12-year-old girl child in Bihar's Khagaria,
It is but a story of Putana and Surpanakha,
The misunderstood heroines of India.
Though imagistic and allegorical,
Dreamy and visionary,
It is a story of hunger,
Human hunger and depravity,
Poverty and scarcity
Which the poet felt it
While dispensing with the topic in hand.
Taking the suicide of the South Indian
Octogenarian weaver couple,
He weaves his tale
Of poverty and living,
Dying in harness,
The news of the ganagrape of a girl
In Bihar's Khagaria
Aggravating the scene
Of the long poem.
Topic(s) of this poem: art
This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.