IF THE WORLD CHANGES
I am not convinced yet
that everything would go wrong
if the world changes.
the houses are changed into shops
a distrait shopkeeper would surely be there
to stare at the gamesome sparrows in the foliage.
There would still be someone
to hum a forlorn tune to himself
and yet another to run out into the open
to soak himself in the rains.
I am not sure yet that the people
would all go dusty if the world changes itself.
The begging hand of a man
has been the same all through the ages.
People of bowing heads have been retaining
the same postures all along.
The burdened spine, the leaking eyes
and the faces small with disgrace
haven't ever changed a shade.
If ever all the people get cankered down
a few others would still be there
and you would discover they aren't any more the beings
they have very subtly
changed themselves into the snipping sorrows
the unalterable sorrows of this world.
Shyama Prasad Choudhury