you can run bulldozers
and shatter the walls of our homes
but how will you shatter the bonds
of the heart that we have built?
you can pass an order
to snatch the roof over our heads
but how will you snatch the earth
and sky that you don’t own yet?
you are arrogant like ozymandias
you have the same future like him
who are you truly without your power:
a weak lonely man who hated his kind?
Sutputra Radheye is a poet and commentator on themes affecting the socio-eco-political scenario. His works have been published on Frontier, Countercurrents, Janata Weekly, Culture Matters (UK) and other platforms.
Featured image: The ‘anti-encroachment drive’ in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri on April 20, 2022. Photo: PTI