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Mainstream, VOL LVII No 18 New Delhi April 20, 2019


Tuesday 23 April 2019

They are selling death from mobile shops
right at your door; buy it, you’ve no choice.

Mercifully prices are low: only the cost
of a bullet assuring quick and clean despatch.

You can also get it free: the machete doling it out,
a gasping moment, too, for the last dying look

at the hazing landscape: blank, remorseless eyes,
vultures hovering overhead, human fragments

diminishing man, and a few stray blooms
frightened into colours on roadside shrubberies.

A.K. Das

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