The Deepest Cut

It’s done now.
The country has been partitioned again.
Friend against friend
Neighbour against neighbour.

But this time
The cut is far deeper.
Fatal…and intentional.

To gasp…feint…or shed
a crocodile tear…now
when the knife’s handle
is held by so many…is cowardice.

So do not hide behind
your suits…or your English.
For your loose drawing room gossip
Is now the street diktat.

And ultimately, no amount of
Polishing can take off
your communal edge.
The nation has gotten what it wanted.

Keshab Mansukhani is from Pune.

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