I bow my head on your feet!
You raise us by giving us
food, water and warmth.
Earth weeps when it sees
Tones of tones wheat
do not go to those mouths
of millions hungry children
but it gets ruined burned under
the unseasonal torrential rain.
We unthankful children of yours
Let it happen and do not save
it from this natural disaster.
The earth – the rich soil of
my land of five rivers: Punj+aab
irrigated with these waters and
with farmworkers blood and sweat ..
gives us golden wheat and paddy
in abundance in our fields.
The golden ripe crops get
destroyed and ruined in the rain
outside under the weeping sky –
The wheat is grown enough
to feed the whole India and
to keep the hunger away.
But is it God’s will perhaps not that
poor will have to stay hungry for ever.
Farmworkers and consumers shed tears
Rich and politicians do not see the tears!
And the deaf and dumb rulers raise
their white elephant pets, pamper then
with expensive cars for joy riding!
Where is the father of the nation today!
Why do hungry and the poor have to wait
until the full stomachs are being over fed?.
That’s right hunger can wait until famine!
“There are seven things that will destroy us: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Religion without sacrifice; Politics without principle; Science without humanity; Business without ethics.” — Mahatma Gandhi