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  Veneer

behind the impositions
of these corridors
leading to doors
and more
on daintily manicured
furniture and fixtures
power unlimited
brutal ruthless
is exercised

if necessary
exorcised
for intrusion
and interference
never mind if it leads
to anarchy

venality and avarice
limitless violence
in vast varieties
are discussed
and discharged
with utmost solemnity
and nobility of purpose

fates of man animal
and in arrogant audacity
even nature
are bandied and branded
signed stamped
and discharged

there is limit
to the corridor
but without bounds
or boundaries
repose in man
the abysmal
pathetic ignorance
that despite limitless capacity
to harm
ultimately man is
powerless longing
a no longer long wait
for impotence

ramesh gandhi