Illegal trade, illicit trafficking

captive, caged, chained
elephants, expected to entertain

not just elephants
there are animals, many
who are engaged for human entertainment
at the cost, of their grave endangerment

clicking a selfie
with the caged animals
do you think that’s cute
were you not made aware
of their horrific abuse

from elephants to tigers
pangolins to turtles
all classified as species, endangered

illegal trade, illicit trafficking
for personal, profitable gains
all leading to these species, pained

© Lishaka Gulati

The above poem is written in support of the global campaign initiated by the NGO, World Animal Protection, India to gain support worldwide for banning the trade of wild animals.

Poem ~ Anxious and Distraught

look at you
you can’t handle the sadness anymore
just lying there like a corpse on the floor

you keep unraveling and there’s no one to speak to

you keep losing it and there’s nowhere to flee to

no one is there to hear your cries
no parent, no therapist, is understanding the agony that is your life

you want to give up on every step of the way
it hurts you so much and it’s not getting any better
being constantly bound by these fetters

all you want is for the misery to go away
that even giving up seems so easy today

here you are
trying to find your strength in God
to get over this misery, that you yourself caused

look at you
you can’t handle the sadness anymore
just lying there like a corpse on the floor

© Lishaka Gulati

Poem ~ Unasked

talent or tricks?

what made your success big?

because I’ve seen your show

no talent, a mediocre low

always in the deplorable fashion

igniting, nothing short of an allergic reaction

eyes shut and heart closed

you’ve turned yourself away

from everything that grows

do you not understand

that lives are affected

and an impact is created

as a result of your work

that you so irresponsibly network

I think its the tricks

that made your success big

because I’ve seen your show

no talent a mediocre low



© Lishaka Gulati