Volume III, Issue III Autumn 2004


Man disconnected

Ram Mehta was a professor and department chair of English at a university in India for 30 years. Since his retirement in 1994, he has split his time between India and North America.

Who is not going with this fast life?
Helpless to set his legs anywhere.
Forced to walk fast, pressed, depressed
Always on the run, tired, defeated.
In search of a tree and its shadow
Eventually he has not walked at all.

I see the broken hearth- moral breakdown,
Cold kitchens, cold bedrooms
Homes with 'absent fatherí here and there,
Single parents, unmarried mothers.
Barren women, surrogate mothers.
Same houses, same people in the
Unknown city with nothing new.
With same pains and same relationships.
Cannot eat or bathe or sleep with ease.


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