Poetry 2017 Longlist, Hema Ravi

THE ASTUTE

Hema Ravi

Choices made – loss for one,
another cashes in the process.
Mass indulgence in the decision,
the digression horrifying for many
bringing in thoughts of
guns, bloodshed and societal divide.

For the downtrodden
a Messiah come
who’d bring in radical changes;
Reality hits hard,
Bully Pulpit
often, a double-edged sword!

Every battle lost and won
a turning point in history.
political ideologies fractured,
the resultant slump in values
eventually yields to upswing.
Until then, power struggles continue.

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