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UPHILL TASK
SHIELA GUJRAL

SHIELA GUJRAL

UPHILL TASK

The loft flight of ambition
lifts me up
I am no longer aware
of my shrunken size
A miracle happens-
wading through the memories of
robust past
I recapture
the old Gandhian spirit
of right, against might.
Determined to dislodge
the imitative craze,
I beseech my countrymen
to give up slumber
muster forces of conscious citizens
and form a barricade
to stem the wave,
of reckless, mindless
wayward materialism,
and save the drowning human race.