This poem is taken from Stand 223, 17(3) September - November 2019.

Azad Ashim Sharma Poem
The Dirge of the Hungry Sloth Bear

In the extremity of balance
all the silt was mined from the rivers
for the cities to evaporate food and bile
the bear dances on the roads with the poor
chained jesters who wait for freedom
from the cruel laughter of four by fours.
The bear’s pancreas is needled in the market
by auspicious kundalini worshippers
the spirit of the bear is wailing
it pushes the ball and chain.
We swing back to Kolkata in the 60s
when Ginsberg met Malay Roy.
I hear hungry voices of that generation
biting off blue blooded shiv lingam
spitting on the abomination: Yogi Adityanath.
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