Bapu: A Poem about Gandhi

Glory Sasikala
Bapu lies in state
In Delhi
while darkness camouflaged as Sunshine
spreads across the country
to a daybreak with no promise of dawn.

No white man this time
Revolution is not because of lathi charge
So subtle that we wonder if there should be a revolution at all?

Who are we fighting, who are the Black Sheep
among us 
who have redefined Democracy as Anarchy
Redefined Secularism as Religion?
When did “Minority” replace “Indian”?
Our farmers being razed to the soil 
they once knew so well, now asking
“What do we sow?”
“What do we reap?”

We don't understand—or is it that we don’t care?
And yet, as we look down at Bapu’s grave, sure enough
A prayer slips the lips
“Bapu, please come back! 
We need you!”

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