Cry Of A Dying River...95

Rajendra Kshetri

I am no longer the river I was once
I love Loktak as much as you do
I am bewitched as you are by Loktak's beauty
I am captivated as you are by mythical stories of Loktak
I am enchanted as you probably are by the enchantment of Loktak by moonlight
I am fascinated as you are by Loktak's floating 'Phumdis '
I am mesmerized as you are by Loktak's naturalness
I marvel at the sereness of Loktak
I am beholden to Mother Nature for gifting us Loktak
My world cease to exist when I see Loktak.

I am no longer the river I was once
The speaking river that speaks what is unsaid
"There is a difference between you and me
Your love concern for Loktak and mine
You encroach and keep encroaching Loktak's geography
You violate and keep violating the lake ecology
You dump and keep dumping garbage and plastics in the lake
You poach and keep poaching endangered wild life
You pollute and keep polluting Nambul flowing to the lake
And you say you love Loktak and Nambul ".