On Yoga Day

International Yoga Day
Is the time when you had
Better take your rebellious
Mind away from the price
Of tomatoes and sundry other
Woes that afflict the
Preponderant millions.
Where policy fails it is Yoga
That will blaze the trails
To conquest of hunger and
Destitution, bringing world
Leaders to accord accolades.
In profusion. When sense
Threatens, recourse must be
To collective Pretence. If the
Standing rows of national discipline
Served the Stalinists and the Nazis
Against recalcitrant thought, why
May not a disfigured democracy
Emulate that clever lot? Where
Hard knocks are without redress.
Soft power steps in to bless.

Badri Raina