S. Nihal Singh

Propitiation rites

You canít have
a political jamboree
without busybodies
flaunting outsized badges.

Like the bindis
on feminine foreheads,
the extravagant badges
grow bigger by the day.

With big badges
come giant
garlands held
above the leaderís head.

Tons of flowers
in bouquets and garlands
are left to
wither and die.

We must propitiate
our secular gods
outsized egos.