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A City Lost


Lampposts tall wrapped in tinsel lights
Streets improving with every elective victory
But the metro line doesn't evolve
Much too much erratic ploys.

My city stands apart,
With a culture seeped in rich heritage
Cinema and literature, music and food
Traditions embraced with gusto and grace
But politics breaks the path to glory
Panic and aggression steal the story
For a multitude of manipulations
And factual multiplication
The city draws deep breaths
Planning wrong steps
A place in regress.

© 2020 Tiyasha Maitra


Tiyasha Maitra (author) from Gurgaon on May 12, 2020:

Thanks for reading Rinita. Growing up, I was always a fan of our city. The temperament however changed over the years. I too hope it will change back to better times. Glad to hear from you. Will check out your work. Stay safe.

Rinita Sen on May 12, 2020:

Tiyasha, I'm happy to find you, for this is my hometown too. The pain you portrayed is real and I feel it everyday as well. Wish to go back someday though, if the city finds its way back to what it was once. Thanks for writing this

Tiyasha Maitra (author) from Gurgaon on February 16, 2020:

I am glad you liked it Manatita. Thanks for reading.

manatita44 from london on February 15, 2020:

Short and forceful! Tough one. We need love so badly ... we need visionaries and Seers to pilot the way. Very thought-provoking practical piece.

Tiyasha Maitra (author) from Gurgaon on February 08, 2020:

Thanks so much Shaloo. You are right, it's a pain to see our rich culture weaken with politics and negative energies.

Shaloo Walia from India on February 08, 2020:

It's really sad to see that our rich heritage is getting lost in the name of modernization. Beautiful piece of writing.

Tiyasha Maitra (author) from Gurgaon on January 22, 2020:

Thanks for reading Lora. I love your analysis. It's apt and a perfect description of what I wanted to portray.

You are right, it's the civilians who suffer from the various political agendas and corruption. It pains me to see such disastrous and unchanging consequences.

Lora Hollings on January 22, 2020:

A poem that really draws you in on an emotional level and makes you see how politics gets in the way of progress and improving living conditions of so many people due to greed and manipulation. You did a great job, Tiyasha, of capturing the frustration of the people that are most likely the ones that have to pay the price for such insincerity and the lack of ethics shown by those that are frequently elected to such positions!

Tiyasha Maitra (author) from Gurgaon on January 19, 2020:

Thanks for reading Lorna, John and Manatita.

It is indeed a sad thing to see a city you love miss out on progress because of dirty politics and lackadaisical attitude.

I hope the situation improves.

Lorna Lamon on January 19, 2020:

As long as we have culture and a rich heritage our cities can never be lost due to the mistakes and greed of others. They will always live in our hearts. I feel your sadness and frustration within the lines Tiyasha. Poignant and beautifully written

manatita44 from london on January 19, 2020:

Well done! Great poetry.

I say nice things about London and New York. I hope that you can say that about your city in a few years, perhaps? But then perhaps you have a great many people. Difficult!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on January 19, 2020:

Tiyasha, it is sad to see our cities regress through the sins of our politicians and their bad decisions, especially cities that are steeped in tradition and rich heritage. Lovely writing.

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