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Mainstream, Vol XLVII No 24, May 30, 2009

Alchemist (in Memory of fellow-activist Smitu Kothari)

Tuesday 2 June 2009, by Sagari Chhabra

A blind turtle
- from the depths
- of the ocean floor
- finds its way
- to the surface;
- its mouth aquiver
- searching for the
- golden lasso—
- the shadow of
- the crescent moon.
- So hard, they say,
- to get human life.
- But in this
- short span,
- you diffused the
- golden lasso
- into a thousand
- iridescent beams,
- rainbow coloured prisms.
- Bridging a myriad schisms;
- alchemist of
- scholarship and activism,
- you spread the message
- of voiceless people
- across the universe;
- then you turned
- turtle, our visions,
- by leaving
- so quickly!

Fellow traveller
- to Harsud,
- the Narmada valley,
- may your voice
- never wander by hill-sides
- echoing in the wilderness,
- but flow like the
- waters of the river,
- deepening and quickening
- the current of humanity.

May you be re-born
- somewhere,
- some place,
- along the way
- of the white clouds,
- spreading the elixir
- in the air.

Sagari Chhabra

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