by Ajmer Rode

The baby
just born into this
world has been greeted,
and well taken care of.
Already a variety of
labels have been
etched on him.
One for race.
One for color. One
for religion and maybe
one for a caste.
at the same time he
is told
you are born into a free world –

The baby smiles and
accepts every thing in
good faith.

One day when he grows
into a boy and the boy
into man it will suddenly
dawn on him;
no body knows him
but the labels.

Blue Meditations

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Ajmer Rode has published books of poetry, drama, and translation in Punjabi and English. His works have been included in several anthologies in Canada and India. His 1000-page book Leela, co-authored with N Bharati, is included in outstanding works of the twentieth century Punjabi poetry. Ajmer is considered a founder of Canadian Punjabi drama. His poem “Stroll in a Particle” is among 8 international poems permanently inscribed on a public wall outside the new building of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, 2011

Last updated December 12, 2013