Rajat Dutta: Once again on the Yamuna’s Banks

Once upon a time, the banks of the Yamuna saw Krishna’s leela,
Today her verdant banks witness a bizarre circus and a mela.

Once upon a time, on her banks roamed the divine cowherd,
today unfolding there is an unbelievable theater of the absurd.

Once upon a time, the Yamuna flowed to nurture and nourish,
Today, we stand on the pontoon bridge to watch her perish.

Once upon a time, the Yamuna flowed strong, in her prime,
Today she’s drenched in a weird double `shri’ enzyme.

Once upon a time, the Yamuna flowed, bountiful and giving,
Today she’s being given an abject lesson in the art of living.

— March 10

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