The Rudra Shiva awakes

Homo Economicus,
The rolling drum-beats
Of the
Lord Shiva;
The Compassionate One,
Is now angry, and
In the fierce Rudra form,
The loud drum-beats
Distant, yet so near,
Terrible in sound
Like a
Wounded river
Roaring and pouncing,
The Rudra- Shiva,
In a dance-pose;
His feet slowly
Stamping, and thus
Dislodging the
Silent rocks,
Cleaving roads and mountains;
His eyes are red,
In this mini-Tandava Nritya
That shakes the holy terrain;
Terrible reverberations
Of the divine drum
Rock and
Dislodge the top soil,
And produce the slides;
There is death
And destruction
His fury is finally unleashed,
Divine wrath visits
The sacred grounds,
Because you
Deliberately ignored
His earlier signs;
Listen to the rolling drum,
Now, at least,
And pay heed—
You, the dulled
Homo Economicus,
And do not annoy
The kind God further
By your unrestrained arrogance
And unlimited greed.
(Occasioned by the recent Uttarakhand disaster of June 16, 2013)

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About Sunil Sharma

Sunil Sharma is Mumbai-based senior academic, critic, literary editor and author with 22 published books: Seven collections of poetry; three of short fiction; one novel; a critical study of the novel, and, eight joint anthologies on prose, poetry and criticism, and, one joint poetry collection. He is a recipient of the UK-based Destiny Poets’ inaugural Poet of the Year award---2012. His poems were published in the prestigious UN project: Happiness: The Delight-Tree: An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry, in the year 2015. Sunil edits the English section of the monthly bilingual journal Setu published from Pittsburgh, USA: For more details, please visit the website:

3 thoughts on “The Rudra Shiva awakes

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    This poem ,is one of those rarest of poetic phenomena,one seldom encountered ;a jeremiad ! Delivered with the hard-edged compassion usually associated with a prosecuting attorney in a courtroom,in this case the Court of public opinion.

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