Poetry at Sangam



DELHI: AS I AM by Abhay K.

I am the city of cities.
A city of invaders, conquerors
merchants, immigrants–
they twinkle on my horizon
appearing, disappearing
as words written
                on a palimpsest.

I am the city of ruins.
O’ mighty and powerful
look carefully at my
mausoleums, cemeteries, tombs
count them all if you can
how many lie buried here
who ruled me once.

I am the city of Satya, Shanti and Nyaya
my streets bear these names
but the Truth  is–
rapists roam my streets in Peace
and my women perpetually seek Justice
in city-courts.