When I was five
I was an innocent moongazer.
I thought
If I could get
Vir uncle’s
Portable ladder
And somehow manage
To make it stand
Straight in my garden
And climb to its
Topmost rung,
Have a rope rightly hung,
I could grab the moon.

Sangeeta Kampani, 63, was formerly with the IRS and retired as Commissioner of Income Tax, Delhi.

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