I Can’t See

I Can’t See

14th May 2021 0 By Nandini

I can’t see

the forest for the trees

trees are burning

eyes are burning

skin is burning

hearts are burning

teeth are burning

the fine ash of your dark dreams

floating in holy waters

or buried in red earth


I can’t see

and you?

you still see the sea

of heads before you

under you

You have never seen

such a crowd before

dizzy with yourself

busy with the scene

in which you are the emperor


I can’t see

and you?

you have a clear vision

parking lots burning

side-walks burning

trees burning

grass burning

from the vantage point

where you perch

self-appointed emperor

playing his tune

for burning bodies

and buried bones

to hear