Voodoo and Witchcraft
Always stirred the pit of my stomach.
They say, it was started by desperate wanna-bes,
Who never tasted the sweat and blood of a labourroom
Their eyes pierced when they saw children laugh
Or saw kids play hopskotch
The newspapers only talk about how they are caught
And we applaud the bravery
What about the x-ray of the heart
And its seering pain?
What about the hollow eyes of the father,
For the mirage called justice.
Disappointment is a staple meal, now.
Served on yesterday’s newspaper
Whose headlines read
“Unemployed Youth becomes a Yogi”
The stomach churns
Why did an MCA graduate leave his belongings
and a materialistic life?
How would he fit into the discomfort of a simple life ?
How easy is it to leave the loans of yesterday,
worries of tomorrow and
celebrate a new tomorrow?
Doesn’t the nation needs its answers, now?
About the poems:
The poems are a result of reading about issues such as trade of humans and emotions. Wrapped in the everyday dissapointment, Nivedita has presented her personal disappointment from the perspective of the Tamasha of our routine.
Nivedita was born and brought up in Hyderabad, India and travelled to different cities in her early years and that shaped her curious mind. Her influences in poetry and short stories are: Charles Bukowski, Ruskin Bond, RK Narayan, Li Young Lee, and Haruki Murakami. A string of unfortunate incidents in her home city, Hyderabad, made Nivedita pick up the pen and write fervently on Nation, Grief, Loss and Love. As a minimalist, she believes in Karma and Yoga.