No One Noticed

NO ONE NOTICED

No one noticed
When the sparrows left
It was just another 
smoggy winter morning

People drove their cars
dropped their children off
At air conditioned schools
Where they learned
Pollution is a bad thing

Meanwhile, a sexual predator
Built his temple of learning
Right on the Vasant Kunj ridge
Next to gigantic malls
Where the city discovered 
Lingerie and Lamborghini

It was just another 
smoggy winter morning
And stuck on flyovers
No one noticed 
That they spent more time on roads
Than with family and friends

So the city of traders
Traded its sparrows, 
for SUVs
And children’s lungs
for Diwali firecrackers
Pollution was good for business

And as a million bonfires
lit up in Punjab and Haryana
Delhi bought air purifiers,
masks, cough syrup 
and tweeted in anger

But it all started 
on a smoggy winter morning
when the last sparrow left.
No none noticed,
as that ever useful smog
hid us from our conscience.

                               —— Amitangshu Acharya

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