Oh death

Is it always on time
Is it not a resultant crime
When dignity is denied
When a system fails the time

Oh soul

Why do you go away
I Am a patient

Be patient and stay
My body is young not fray

Oh breath

The pulse is beating quite fast
It’s slowing do try and last

The huff and puff I gasp
The support system is on a fast

Oh karma

Past actions no actions now
The elections of greed somehow
The fruits that I did get
Systemic crimes act instead

Oh people

Of all those who’ve been left behind
Don’t say it’s just about time
Or that destiny is all very fine
As the system of misdeeds are yours and mine

Sharif D Rangnekar

Sharif is the Festival Director of the Rainbow Lit Fest. He uses talks, writing, event curation and music, to advocate change and garner support for the LGBTQ+ community. He is an author, communications consultant, curator focused on diversity, inclusion, music and arts, singer and songwriter. He is the frontman of the band 'Friends of Linger' and author of 'Straight to Normal - My life as a gay man,' amongst the few queer memoirs out of India and the first since the reading down of Section 377.