Paths and Stones

ANANYA S GUHA tries to sing a song of stones

There are paths

strewn with stones.

Crush them, I mean

the stones. Hack and hew them.

I mean the paths.

For are not all paths  sullied,

bloodied beyond recognition?

The lust of wars and insurrections

are a mania. Why blame paths?

Or stones?

The man on the roadside hewing stones

does not know what they mean.

Only opiate ornaments, so after cutting them

he can sleep? Eat a little, dream a little, fornicate- a little.

Women and children understand paths,

but what about stones, or the monolith

which overcomes them into shadows

of desperation?

Come let’s sing a song of stones.

And paths will follow to traverse

and to etch our names in black ink.

Ananya S Guha

Ananya S Guha

Ananya S Guha works in the Indira Gandhi National Open University, Shillong (Meghalaya) as an Academic Administrator. He has over 30 years of teaching and administrative experience. He has six collections of poetry and his forms have been published world wide. Some of his poems are due to appear soon in an Anthology of Indian Poetry in English to be published by Harper Collins.