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Prathap Kamath (India)


Of all the things in the world

I love stones

because they seldom miss the target

when thrown with vengeance

or fail to hurt.


I would hurl one into the sky

and it would hit my head with precision,

the pain and the blood are delightful.


I hate people when they are indifferent to me,

so I give them the most beautiful stones

which they throw at me with glee;

it seems there isn’t anything they enjoy more.


They always fail to see the pains

I take to chisel and shine the stones

I give them;

in their yearning to hurt they are blind

to the beauty they hold in their hands.


But I have no regrets as long as

there are stones to carve and gloss,

and my joy in getting hurt.