Hemang Desai

Rookie (8th July,1978 / Valsad)

To The Omnipresent

Poem by Hemang Desai

O the lord of the ostracized
so what
if you can’t dwell
in miry luster of singed skins
in steady cradle with child slobbering over a broken bangle
in lawful hunger of unlawfully swollen stomachs
in the sea of eyes surging to catch the only shooting star
in the blood baring its intrinsic murkiness on asphalt roads
in cage rib of pinioned parrot heart.

you can live
in shapeless parvenu stones ungrateful to hammer and chisel
in garrulous graves chanting shlokas for lives fizzled
in the hollow dreams of texidermatised corpses
in the cardiogram contours of our lapse whorl
at some illusory jag of future where promises don’t die

in sigils of cow dung manuring thorny tongues
in totems of taintless non-tensile tenets in tenebrous sty
in odorous oodles of temples shooting like bamboos
in sullied rivers and on musty mountains
in glinting gold and chaste grains
in slighted gullies and on elephant black main roads with dead mahout

space is less, your aspect wide
but every inch of it
we’ll utilize
huts and houses
splotchy arches and crannied domes
we’ll vandalize
even in heretic hearts our holy tridents
we’ll drive.

but O the lord of the outlawed
tell me
why did you absolve that ghoul of gazni
even when didn’t shrive?

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Poem Submitted: Friday, June 30, 2006

Poem Edited: Thursday, August 12, 2010