Nelson Mandela- the hero of South Africa,
expired, so free of earthly problems and tensions,
love, appreciation, respect and gratefulness-
his earthly collections of heavenly powers
combine them together into a sculpture,
a giant statue of the great man
and salute again and again to his greatness.
A thirty feet tall statue
with arms outstretched
symbolizing his devotion to inclusiveness.
Alas! Death yet can’t solve his all problems,
the witnessing eyes are poked by a pointed object,
an odd to the statue stands inside one of his ears,
blasts instantly the crowd in emotion
and circumscribes the environment in shamefulness.
A babbling bunny is witnessed,
tucked inside the ear,
brings about an instant demand
for the immediate removal of the odd
and an inquisitiveness regarding the definition of that odd.
Maybe, a by-product of the sculpting company,
Or, a wrong ingredient applied by mistake,
Or a side effect of paralysing chilled death.
Mandela statue has rabbit in ear
©Pijush Kanti Deb
Pijush Kanti Deb is a new Indian poet with more than 100 poems accepted or published in many national and international magazines and journals- print and on-line since June 2013.He is an Associate Professor in Economics.