March 8…and, afterwards
They clapped for them
While the fat- balding boss
Gave away fresh roses:
Yes, the long-stemmed
With few thorns remaining
And the gift-wrapped tumblers---
Company’s way of equity and progress!
After few speeches on the Women’s Day
And free cakes and chocolates,
The day was over!
Back to work, girls!
Some, truly relieved, the annual event got over.
Majority females thinking of long suburban commutes
---They are tough and challenging in the over- packed Mumbai locals---
And planning quick dinners
Buying of groceries, return trips
And tomorrow’s breakfasts
For their dependent families,
While punching computers…viciously
With dainty fingers, manicured and red-polished.
(Mumbai-based Sunil Sharma finds surviving the daily sweet poisons of a post-industrial society easy with the aid of poetry. He thinks---wrongly?---that it restores some sanity in a world mad about eating and possessing things by counter posing the spiritual.)