THE SAME NEWS
Every day the same newspaper column
Gulps of the same brackish news
Every day the same mouthful of promises;
Each word chewed again and again
How long can one masticate
The chewing gum of daily statements?
Now one has come to learn:
Just spit it out
If the mouth can take no more
Or else, add some ‘Zarda’
to a betal leaf
And quaff‘ paan’ around;
With some aromatic ‘Qimam’ applied to it
Just keep on swallowing time!
Poem by Gulzar (Translated from Urdu by Santanu Ray Chaudhuri.)