Cat and Mouse Game

does it matter
what the caste is
does a junkie need it
you or me, up goes the ladder
down goes the spine, body and
all. someone commits suicide
and you say it is a somersault, playing little
nice games you say.
so if there was a mass suicide, no I am not
talking about farmers only, boys and girls,
researchers, students, teachers because they have assailed a high priest
(politics, caste, religion)
then how many times will we let the mouse loose
so that the cat can play the music and watch

• Reactions to the suicide of a Dalit student, and the very tragic drama after it. The Dalits are the ‘lower castes’ in India.

Ananya S Guha lives in Shillong in North East India. He has been writing and publishing poetry for the last thirty years, and his poetry has appeared in numerous online publications. He holds a doctoral on the novels of William Golding and currently is a senior academic in India's Indira Gandhi National Open University. Read other articles by Ananya S..