(Arsenic: Cause, Effect and Remedy in Bangladesh and West Bengal-India)
Screaming, they left
their villages in haste -
'The Devil's water is rising, flee!'
They had no wish to touch, nor any desire to taste.
Aid Agencies and their 'yes men', without
a qualm explained,
'The Green Revolution will arrive, so will healthy bodies thrive
Now come receive in the cup of your hands - this boon the gods have.
Intoxication churned the blood - Devil became
God thereafter -
His mission was accomplished
Through every living pore of skin burst forth Devil's laughter !'
Who is that weeping secretly, her face buried
in a shroud?
Whose eyes are those in which such anxiety cloud?
'I am Nature, Primal Mother.
And water my life-blood-
Have you slaked your thirst with your mother's blood?'
'Cast your eyes far and wide my children, look around -
The nectar of immortality in all places abound,
What foolish whim causes you to fling it far aside?'
'There is time still, yes, time
is on our side -
Drink no more your mother's blood, take nurture from her breast,
In village, or in city, wherever you may abide -
With people's participation come take up my treasure-chest.'
* Director & Head School of Environmental Studies
Jadavpur University, Kolkata - 700 032, India
Tel: 91 33 2414 6233, Fax: 91 33 2414 4266