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Vikram Seth speaks up on 'true unnatural crime'

January 30, 2014 14:29 IST

Trust Vikram Seth to do what he does best!

The renowned author and poet has expressed his deep sense of disappointment -- over the Supreme Court’s recent decision to uphold the criminalisation of gay sex -- through some beautiful verses on love, joy and justice.

Here it is:

Through Love's Great Power

Through love's great power to be made whole
In mind and body, heart and soul -
Through freedom to find joy, or be
By dint of joy itself set free
In love and in companionhood:
This is the true and natural good.

To undo justice, and to seek
To quash the rights that guard the weak -
To sneer at love, and wrench apart
The bonds of body, mind and heart
With specious reason and no rhyme:
This is the true unnatural crime.

Vikram Seth

(Any person or publication may use, disseminate or publish this poem freely)