Who is this hooded man?


The women are at their frivolous pursuits
At lake, with shameless crow on the tree.

Soon the crow will be black in wistful air
With princess’ jewel, to women’s shouts,

Their delicate fingers pointing to the sky.
There is a Krishna- flippancy to the crow

That flies away with a jewel hiding shame.
The women walk on the hushed whispers.

The hooded man is a crow running away
With a princess’ beauty on rising bosom

That went up and down on golden jewel,
Bored painter of languid women of myth.

These women are figures from his canvas
Bored with pointing fingers at crows in sky.

(Raja Ravi Verma’s painting)


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