• Poem on Demonetisation

    Keki Daruwalla

    September 4, 2017


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    Bring in the Goats

    Though she never understood
    Goddess Lakshmi stood
    In full public view
    In the Bank of India queue,
     That serpent-fashion wound
    Its sinuous way around
    Khan Market right up to
    the Lodhi Garden ground.
    Goddess Lakshmi said
    Even as she smote her head
    (pimpled with beads of sweat)
    That mirrored the burning sun
    “What have these wise men done?
    How do I gift another port
    to devotee Adani?
    Or a Western Ghat Fort
    (she thought I’m billions short)
    To my favourite Ambani?”
    (Never thought of rum and port
    For our olive green senanis).
    Her Bank in disrepair,
    She spoke with not her usual flair
    “Please bring in the goats
    To whom I’ll feed my notes.”


    Also read:

    Demonetisation – A Poem by Abhishek Anicca

    Poem on Demonetisation: What Colour, Money? Ballad of the Commoners by R. Umamaheshwari (Veena)

    Six Poems by Arjun Rajendran

    Keki Daruwalla writes poetry and fiction. He lives in Delhi. His novel Ancestral Affairs was recently published by Harper Collins. He won the Commonwealth Poetry Award (Asia) for his poetry volume Landscapes.

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