We have made the god a brand ambassador
of violence and evil
bound him in temples of stone,
in notebook and agarbatti covers, in teleserials, films, music albums
wedding invites, in turmeric, in sandalwood,
in gold lockets, bracelets, coins, posters, pamphlets, books,
In our songs, dances, art and poetry- we squeeze him till he sells well
In swear words of delight, despair, disgust, rage, love
and in muddy rivers, we throttle him
when the sale is over
blame him for us not being human/rich
and feign surprise
when he avoids every tag
©Reena Prasad


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