Betel (Bitter)Territory

The street dogs running around
marking their territory ground,
from pillar to pillar
and every nook and corner,
they would balance precariously
on three and not four
one hind leg in air
sometimes right
and then left they pour
happily expanding their kingdom
and guarding it ferociously…..
then came a two legged
with super brains and super powers
he could talk and not bark
he could think and comprehend
he could speak a dialect
he was blessed with a spark
best creation of God was he…..
but certainly something was wrong
his brain was wired
and heartless was he
as he too went around
marking his territorial ground
Spitting red slurry of betel leaves
by the pillars and trunks
lining the walkways
and bang in the center
plonk he would spit
on the roads newly laid
insulting higher faculties
his civic sense dead,
worse than animals
flogging he deserves…..
save my country
save my animals,
scared are they
with such competitors
who mark larger territories
Giving disease to others…..
© Dr Swati A Gadgil, All Rights Reserved.

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About Dr Swati A Gadgil

Anaesthesiologist , practising since last 30 yrs in Mumbai and medico legal advisor. Counsellor for Children at Puberty , Parenting , Stress Management , Motivation and Peace MBBS DA LLM Postgraduate in Human Rights Postgraduate in Hospital management Founder President of NGO, Dombivli Women's Welfare Society and it's youth wing NayaSavera Published three books of poetry Columnist and writes on various topics like Stress Management Appointed by Times of India as Consultant for their NIE Newspaper In Education Program Recognised by Medical associations and Rotary Speaker and panelists on Tele media, print media and National and International conferences Taekwondo Red Belt

7 thoughts on “Betel (Bitter)Territory

  1. Amita Paul

    A little too violent a reaction to a somewhat common though admittedly unhygienic and irritating habit . People need to be educated about this , not flogged .

  2. Dr Swati A Gadgil Post author

    Thank you for your response. But we have experienced stark apathy towards civic sense and serious lack of awareness about spread of diseases through Spitting inspite of repeated efforts since last 12 years under the aegis of my NGO.

  3. amitapaul

    The unconscious sanction of violence in the psyche that that can allow the sensitive mind of a poet to not just imagine but publicly advocate flogging of ones fellow citizens is mind boggling .
    I’m sorry but this is even more unacceptable than spitting betel juice in public .
    To seriously compare a human being with poor civic sense with a dog and then ask for them to be flogged is not something that can be allowed to pass without comment
    One needs to be even more careful of the vigilantes mindset and regression into medieval mentality of fantasising about merciless corporal punishment.

    We have a system of law and justice in our country which has ways of dealing with public nuisance and local authorities can impose fines after due warning and after passing legal resolutions in this regard through due process but no individual or NGO for that matter can be allowed to take law into their own hands or to ask others to do so .
    Due process of law and polite and non violent advocacy are the only acceptable remedies .


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