मौसम बेघर होने लगे हैं

POEM 7

Gulzar also penned a poem on climate change for a Hindi movie titled Kadvi Hawa. Gulzar is an Indian film director, lyricist, and poet. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2004, the third- highest civilian award in India, the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award — the highest award in Indian cinema.

मौसम बेघर होने लगे हैं

बंजारे लगते हैं मौसम
मौसम बेघर होने लगे हैं

जंगल, पेड, पहाड़, समुंदर
इंसां सब कुछ काट रहा है
छील छील के खाल ज़मीं की
टुकड़ा टुकड़ा बाँट रहा है

आसमान से उतरे मौसम
सारे बंजर होने लगे हैं
मौसम बेघर…

दरयाओं पे बाँध लगे हैं
फोड़ते हैं सर चट्टानों से
’बांदी’ लगती है ये ज़मीन
डरती है अब इंसानों से
बहती हवा पे चलने वाले
पाँव पत्थर होने लगे हैं

मौसम बेघर होने लगे हैं

गुलज़ार

Seasons seem like vagabonds
Seasons have become homeless

Forests, trees, mountains, seas
Mankind is chopping all
Stripping away earth’s skin
Man is doing away with it in pieces

The seasons attributed to clouds
are turning barren
Seasons have become homeless

Rivers are dammed
We break our heads against peaks
The soil is rendered infertile
It’s afraid of humans
The feet that walked lightly on air
Seemed to have turned to stone

Seasons have become vagabonds. 

Translation: Vinita Agarwal
ABOUT THE ANTHOLOGY

As The Crisis Escalates…

In our natural world, the issues of climate catastrophe and species extinction is a priority. Stories related to pollution, greenhouse gases, the depleting ozone layer, glacier meltdowns etc. have turned pivotal if we are to attempt to salvage what’s left of our planet earth. We as readers and responsible citizens need to take the threats to our environment seriously. We need to worry about the consequences of damaging the earth and its atmosphere and focus on finding solutions based on scientific facts, not political prejudice or business interests.

As climate change continues to wreak havoc on populations across globe, writers are fighting back with words that jolt, motivate, and best of all, provoke one to act.

Through this platform, I’m offering to the readers, a slim anthology of poems on the subject of climate change. Slim, but by no means weak or tepid. This is poetry that investigates human relationships with the environment. Each poem offers a unique perspective on climate change in its own style. All of the poems here are free to read online, and all are worth your time.

The anthology consists of ten poems that will be published weekly, compiled by Vinita Agarwal.

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