Thursday, 19 March 2009

Mahatma Ghandi, a poem

There's a bust of Mahatma Ghandi on display in the Checkpoint Charlie Museum in Berlin. It was a moving experience to come across such an item in such a location. Here's a short Poet-in-Residence poem written in 2007 following a visit to that city.

Mahatma Ghandi

Trailing a god
dressed in wooden chappals
and a white sheet
I remembered a palace
where the king wore enough
for both of them.

Yet what can I do?

Bangladesh is falling into the sea.
The polar bears are looking for helicopters.

gw 2007


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