One-horned rhinocerosThey hacked the horn of

An innocent wobbly denizen.

Alas! It’s truly questionable –

Men of lame justification,

Whom are you hacking?

A mere animal for its horn

Or the state’s glory

Nay, the world’s pride?

Don’t your hearts bleed

When you bleed it to death?

Perhaps, you possess

Wretched hands of cruelty,

But terribly lack

The most precious asset –

An inner voice.


[Published in ‘melange’, the Sunday supplement of ‘The Sentinel’ on 4 July 2010]


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