Silent Perception

Satish Verma

The crowds, 
I was always afraid of them. 

When you were 
battling for a space, 
you became a number, 

in the golden cage. 
Let me think... 
what was the temple-secret? 

Where was I 
when the inferno started? 

The grass still 
waits for a showdown 
with tall conifers.