The cascading water from the waterfall
The mist from the union of fluid and stone
All were drowned by something so small
It was footprints of human beings that shone

The pristine white of freshly fallen snow
The glare of the reflected sun-light
Faded in comparison to the blow
I received at human footprints’ sight

History spoke to me, kings rose from the dead
Courts lit up and courtesans danced
But a silent gloom fell on my dreams’ thread
As soon as, at human footprints, I glanced

I heaved and panted as I climbed higher
And breathed a sigh when I reached the peak
But what I saw couldn’t make me feel shier
Human footprints was not what I thought I’d seek

The waves played touch and go
And I delved deeper into serenity
Only to be crudely pulled away by an old foe
The human footprints with a vulgar identity

Feelings betrayed me and I got so mad
How can humans leave footprints everywhere?
When anger subsided, I felt terribly sad
Is there any place humans did spare?

– Pritesh

(this poem is dedicated to all those people who make it a point to litter around used polythene bags, no matter where they use them!!!!!!)



  1. Tata said,

    January 24, 2008 at 6:55 am

    Well written.

  2. Sujit said,

    January 24, 2008 at 10:19 am

    Hm. Even dogs leave their footprints na! Look at any flooring at a public place. You will always find some paw-prints there! 🙂 Kidding.

    Perhaps one could look at the matter in a slightly different light. Humans are enterprising and adventurous. That’s why they go places. I understand that the word ‘footprints’ has been used metaphorically to represent littering. But that apart, we are indeed proud members of a really adventurous and curious species. Remember, unless you hadn’t set your feet there in the wilderness, you couldn’t have seen the traces left by your predecessors.

    But yes! We surely need to do something about making our footprints a bit less vulgar. Say ‘NO!’ to plastics! 🙂


  3. Pritesh said,

    January 24, 2008 at 10:33 am

    Thanks Tata

    And Sujit, I agree with you. My point actually has to do with the ‘ugliness’ of the footprints coupled with the fact that plastics are non-biodegradable. In fact, the other day, when I was a part of the IISc Green Gang clean-up near MBU, we found plastic things thrown in absolutely difficult to access places! I couldn’t understand people’s wish to litter in places one can’t even clean easily! This callousness has to stop! I join you in this “Say NO to plastics”

  4. charles said,

    January 24, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    Very timely. The whole foods supermaket chain here in the US has annonced that it is phasing out plastic bags and will be encouraging its customers to use their own damn bags. That was published yesterday. How’s that for environmental awareness? Not bad, as far as you are concerned. Keep going.

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