|SANAT DAS PATNAIK
the birth of a new tree
and again the death of an inert seed
that is the only proof
on the birth-to-death, death-to-birth
explorations of man.
What is the meaning of :
the long sideburns of the dear son, his
moustache of a tiger, the soft curly hair,
golden chain on his neck, pan-kit
on his shoulder, the narrow trousers
but the long loose grandfather-like
what is the meaning ? my death
and my rebirth in a son,
the rebirth of the lost generations!
The statues of the lost generations
explode--the Kalki of destruction is timeless
we do not like but we have to love it.
God, property, this age old household,
obedience to elders, amidst arguments
on virtue and vice
man has grown old !
Is old age a growing toy of the tree
that will break only to burn on towering flames ?
God may take away everything, not
lifeto breath carelessly.
Earth may dry up,
the root will wait to make life juicy.
Rasikananda is glued to his seat
as if he has been metamorphosed into a root.
To disbelieve himself, this way,
is the nature of man or his old age,
who knows ?