Wake up!

Wake up! Wake up! Hear the noises Feel the outbursts See the chaos Are they yours? Isolate self Throw the Ray-Ban Face the heat Time’s up Wake up! Wake up! Wake up! Wake up! Before they progress Know your group Be the Union Make the move Don’t wait for support or Count on numbers You alone can Break them stop! Wake up! Wake up! Wake up! Wake up! Competition Globalization Nuclear State Or just your fate! Throw faith systems Wishes for feeders Hopes for believers Your mind, you make up Wake up! Wake up! Wake up! Wake up! Thought controls…

Love Unconditional

Your love is not for me to ask It is for you to give In return My body is not for you to ask It is for me to give I have given away my heart My feelings they called love And all I could ever muster Was courage to fall Centred round my self As its wont, I could never rise in love All I remember is the passion The commitments our bodies made The moments of undeniable truths And now it’s all so eerie Does love have a logical ending? The heart withers away, the mind is out…

Mother India

Fifty years of chaos and confusions She has witnessed and now silently mourns As a mother forgives her children She has done that; they are still insane Ere half a century, she was in chain She was silent and cried in pain Her children fought and freed her then She asks now: Where disappeared all of them? Where are they who loved her? Who sacrificed their lives for her; Why no doubt, today there is none Whom you can ask to die for her! – Saswat Pattanayak, Peoples’ Poet

Propaganda

You denounce them as corrupt They excoriate you for being communal You deplore all their activities They fulminate against your prescripts Look, all ye men of politics I dare flak all your policies That talk volumes of promises Aimed at deceiving the masses Least concerned am I to you for being corrupt Uninterested in communalism, I am no less a patriot Mark my words – I am no Hindu nor Muslim am I Never pondered over such topics, a simple human am I Corruption or Communalism does not bother me You are the ones who forced me to see These…

Critical Love

I. The Visionary Don’t you force me to fall in love with you I tell you, I have more cardinal works to do I am no Quixotic, nor am I other-worldly Can’t sing serenade, to your billet-doux, I can’t reply Several problems are there, and they are yet to be solved Many a scabrous decisions are to be resolved Any scruple over falling in love is no Guardian Knot I’m at no dilemma as to fall in love or not Let me make it trenchant to you That love’s not for me The cloud-cuckoo-land is not my home I am…

Bhagat Singh

I Why, Bhagat Singh, did you die? At a time when people were shy To come out of their homes to fight Against the British’s indomitable might You had dreamt of freedom For the future generations Thus you sacrificed your life For this mission of yours Yes, comrade, your dream’s fulfilled Your death paid off, India was freed British are no more ruling over us How can we thank you, our words are at loss You got yourself hanged; for the sake of the motherland With a dream in your eyes; and a smile on your lips Alas! Today’s country…

Proposal

Tell me O love! How can I express my love for you? I know not how the great lovers used to do Did they gift a flower as a memento Or, their love, did they just kneel down and show? Tell me O love! Where from can I start showering kisses on you? I know not where from the great lovers used to do Did they prefer the cheeks, or the eyes, or wide lips Or, did they use to seal their mouths together and kiss? Tell me O love! What can I do that the world shall remember you?…

Existentialist

When I say this, friends I say not to measure Not to value Not to preserve Not to suggest Not to rebuke Not to profess Not to confess Not to advise Not to admonish Not to set example Not to build metaphors Not to contest elections Not to win your contests Not to ruin myself Not to set you free Not to indulge in nostalgia Not to preach principles Not to escape from you Nor from self Not to check proximity Not to farther away notions Not to fathom depths Not to climb stairs Not to succeed in attempts Not…

One Life

I have, but one life— Let me enjoy it to the fullest Let me live well and not simply exist Let me be free to make rules for myself Don’t you interfere and pretend to help I have, but one life— Let me love the lady of my dreams Let me love my country and all human beings Let me love the nature, those stunning scenes Oh! selfish world — you don’t know what love means I have, but one life— Let me read all the beautiful writings Let me relish the magnificent paintings Let me be a part of…