Different Shades

Satish Verma

Do you envision a creeping fear 
climbing the minaret 
to reach the moon? 

A debate has started 
between believers and non-believers. 
Why not he who lives 

in eternal emptiness climbs down 
and settles the dispute of hymns 
in the scortching heat of words. 

I just want you to read 
the script and don’t say, a sky 
has wept 

dropp by dropp on the nakedness 
of human beings 
who could not cover their shadows.