Theme: Power

The Pomp and Show of Indian Potentates

What is the life of an Indian sovereign

without pomp and show of royal splendor?

What is the living of an Indian ruler

Without a grandiose palace 

like the palace of a Viceroy?

An opulence of majestic display.

What is the celebration

of a birthday of an Indian ruler

without a cake immense in size

as huge as a room?

An edible paradise

without a shower of 

tons of flowers?

A fragrant treasure trove

bathing in petals, nature’s bouquet

like the shower of raindrops?

What is the transportation of an Indian ruler

Swift and grand

without a fleet of Rolls-Royce and BMWs?

A symbol of might

Whisking rulers through realms day and night

Headed and followed by commandos.

What is the foreign travel of an Indian ruler

without a huge plane as immense as that of

the President of America

in soaring skies where diplomatic wings spread?

India has become free

but free has not become

the mindset of Indian rulers

who still bear the air of

haughty superiority 

and not as pain-assuagers

of the common man

like Queen Ahilyabai Holkar,

a leader selfless, compassionate, shining bright

who served with humility across the site. 


More By  : Prof. Dr. Sagar Mal Gupta

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