E-ISSN 2457-0265

Vol. 5 Issue 2

K.V. Raghupathi

Who Shall Curate the Beauty of the Valley?


Why have the guns sprouted like wildflowers in the valley?

Like the shots in a Hollywood film of the 1960s I heard

day after day, night after night in the valley

that was once known for its spring beauty,

film shooting and refuge for the artists.

When can I hear the tenderest whisperings of the birds?

Where have they gone hiding?

When can I sense the silence of the valley?

When can I see, only trees and their thick foliage

but not soldiers in camouflage holding guns marching ahead?

I hear only crunching of their boots.


Women like rag pickers search for their sons amidst debris

among the ruins, among the blood-splattered ramshackle buildings and houses

unmindful of the eerie atmosphere and the darkening horizon

trembling, wailing with their faces covered with anger, frustrations, and shame

hurling stones and vile words at the forces.


Violence in the valley on its four legs prowling

kicking the silence wounding.

The valley is bleeding between the thighs

like menstrual blood flowing and tainting

the green with the night stars turning red in the sky.

The valley is so hollow one can see blood right through it

How cheap life all is!

How empty life is at the nozzle!

Blood-locked all the seasons

life nursed in the womb returns to the womb of the earth by a bullet.

There is no violence like the valley-violence.


Can spring resuscitate life with new nestlings sing

replacing the sound of bullets?

Along the trackless track of the valley

before the world ending blood

there is no life like a valley-life that passes by

Who shall curate the beauty of the valley?





Social Distance


Six feet from others is like a rule

that we follow in a ballet.

But the rule can never slice warmth and love in blood. 

I cannot miss overhearing things, hop and play

I cannot stop strolling through the roads and streets.

I cannot forego the ease of opening a door for someone.

I cannot connect with people and friends via zoom.

I cannot give up shaking hands, holding hands and swinging

or sharing the sidewalk comforts

or even having a drink with others.

I look for where ‘social’ and ‘distance’ meets.

Surely every inch of place on this globe is mine

The streets and roads are full of people with no six feet distance rule

I can no longer do

as the world flows around me like the river Ganges under the bridge.

About the Poet

Poet, short story writer, novelist, book reviewer, critic besides a staunch yoga practitioner Dr. K.V. Raghupathi (1957) has published twelve poetry collections, two short story collections, two novels, eight critical/edited books besides five books on Yoga and numerous stimulating and thought-provoking articles in various international journals, both on line and print. His poetry collections include, Desert Blooms (1987), Echoes Silent (1988), The Images of a Growing Dying City (1989), Small Reflections (2000), Voice of the Valley (2003, 2014), Wisdom of the Peepal Tree (2003, 2014), Samarpana (2006), Orphan and Other Poems (2010), Dispersed Symphonies (2010), Between Me and the Babe (2015),  On and Beyond the Surface (2018), and The Mountain is Calling… (2019); two novels: The Invalid (2014) and The Disappointed (2015); two short story collections: The Untouchable Piglet (2017) and A Gay and a Straight Woman (2018). His poetry is rooted in the abundance of philosophy, nature, transcendentalism, imagery and social perspectives, and replete with similes, metaphors, personifications, apostrophe, irony, climax, anti-climax and full of rhetoric and symbols.  More often he takes the readers on the spiritual exploration of radical philosophical thoughts which strongly speak through all the collections.  He is a recipient of several awards for his creativity at national level that include Michael Madhusudan Dutt Award (Kolkata, 2000), H. D. Thoreau Writing Fellowship (Mysore, 2001), Best Chosen Poet for 2003 (Mumbai, 2003), Lifetime Achievement Award in Poetry (Chennai Poetry Circle, 2010), Rock Pebbles National Award for Creativity (Bhubaneswar, 2014), King Phrasal Arbind Chowdhury Award for Poetry (Parbhani, 2018), and a Citation of Brightest Honour, International Sufi Centre (2020) besides Lifetime Achievement Award in Yoga and Best Yogic Publication Award (Bengaluru, 2018). He lives at Tirupati, AP. Email:

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