- KALI YUGA REVISITED
Wanted posters / in a post office / someone graffitis over photos / of your pale faces
Your crumpled letter / laughs at African aborigines, the Holocaust, Asians / it calls the Dalai Lama / the anti-Christ
Your greenbacks detonate / regurgitate greed / poisons a sacred union / love lost for aeons
The Kali Yuga winds down / spirits rip / hungry ghosts return / in a nuclear age
Emptiness is all / change – the only constant
Six generations in America / perpetual foreigners / treading water / in a sea of ignorance
Elitism and privilege reign / non-action is action / a silence that deafens / sounds of a hollow home / piercing
Cries for justice / invisibility / true friends gather
A blind man rattles / his metal cup for coins / legless yogi /serenely unshaken by life
Zen nun tells us to / kill the Buddha / if we meet him / kill the ego
This is a revised poem. The original version of this poem, “Kali Yuga” was published in an anthology by Asian American women artists, writers and poets in 2007.
© 2012, Risha. All rights reserved.