Sandip Saha from India won one award and once finalist in poetry contests in USA. He has published one full length collection of poems and one poetry chapbook, Toast for Women (Oxford, UK, 2021) and is published 75 poems in 30 journals in five countries including India, USA, UK.
The male artist portrays
goddesses of other faith
naked on canvas
displays them in public
gets applauds for
freedom of expression.
How one feels to see
his mother naked?
Present day culture
and gymnastic between
a man and a woman
as if the spectators
are sitting in circus.
How one feels his wife
is getting molested?
In many music shows
some lady and gent judges
are found proactive
in embracing opposite sex singers
climbing on the stage
getting amused in their songs.
What meaning remains of a
hug between spouses?
Cry is for decriminalization
of adultery of men and women.
Is this also a part of culture?
India is the most populous democracy
America is the most powerful democracy
freedom of expression, right to disagree
protest against the governments are common
in both the countries giving power to people
who build the fortune of these countries.
China is an autocratic country
Pakistan is also the same though
for the name sake there is democracy.
China pokes all its neighbors to grab land
Pakistan infiltrates terrorists to kill humans
still both of them are much better against Corona.
The law of ‘win of good over evil’ fails here
in India land is less than that of China
being highly dense the virus spreads fast
but America has as much land as China has
why the virus is causing most fatalities there
in spite of having most modern facilities?
The answer is democracy that makes people
so adamant that they make mockery of discipline
In my dream I found
a huge star exploded
bigger than the Sun
pieces from it thrown
around the universe
some arrived in the Earth
one planet like part
is destined to hit us
about after four century
no escape from collision
we shall be annihilated.
What to do, we have time
world leaders gather
after series of deliberations
with scientists they decide
we must not die so horribly
rather let us get extinct
before the doomsday comes.
How to do, reduce population
every generation by half
not by killing but allowing
one woman to bear one child
whoever will be left there
will go to the Moon or Mars
science will do needful.
Oh God incarnations leave us alone
At the culmination of spiritual enlightenment
sages attain trance and get long cherished bliss.
But what is the use of it I do not understand
you get bliss alright but it is not everlasting
in the miseries of worldly life, you deep in it
and avoid all the agonies of human life
but to live you can’t do anything what so ever
somebody needs to assist you all the time
to keep you alive financially, physically.
Jesus Christ attained this kind of trance
but see His fate, was killed brutally crucified.
Rama-Krishna who used to get trance frequently
died in cancer after long ailment and pains.
Both of them were unable to prevent it
what a tragedy! They are said to be God incarnations
how can they die so miserably totally helpless?
People say they came for the rescue of humankind
what rescue You have done, nothing.
Bloodshed is still there as well as cancer.
Bliss for sometime has no value when You suffer
so horrible punishment even after enjoying that.
Some say they get salvation after death of them.
This is again a big fallacy. If you get salvation
then how you come to this world at different times
in the names of Rama, Buddha, Christ or Muhammad?
I rather will be pleased if none of you come and preach
to start different religions making us fight all the time.
Let all religions vanish from this earth, let nobody
is born as God incarnation or prophet, You tried and failed
leave us on our fate we shall get our salvation by extinction.
Poor people are hardly symbol of God
The present era is captured
by the poor parasites those
in whom many great people
saw the God in living form.
I find they made a grave error
in this personification
by generalizing all poor people
in the category of living God.
Though honesty and poverty
used to dwell together earlier
that is no more true now
poor may be both cunning and cruel.
Many a slums are den of
anti social anti national elements
who even rape richer women
by way of laying trap for the victims.
Some such culprits have been either
hanged by law to death or they are
killed by police encounter
while trying to flee from police custody.
Foolish government policies do not
discriminate while rolling out doles
to a poor making total imbalance
tax payers’ money is given even to goons.
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