Sometimes I want to write my name in lowercase
so that it fades behind others when misfortune
is prowling the city streets, reading the nameplates,
pondering which door to open, which house to choose,
and at others I want to write it small because
it feels more appropriate for a small person
who mostly does the smallest things. Little drops
of poems. Laundry. Who’s stressed about the carbon
footprint, the gender gap, potholes, light pollution.
Pianissimo fits better, what’s been written? -
to merit announcing the first sound louder
than the ones that follow? Only those proper nouns
should be allowed higher volume, rising resonance
where the owners made some tangible difference.
Today is Independence Day, the 75th one. A major milestone. I'm celebrating. But that is also pianissimo. Too many issues back home.
Happy Independence Day to all desvasis.
May we be free of prejudice, inequality, poverty, ignorance, arrogance and violence soonest. Jai Hind!