Footprints on unknown seashores

a poem by Pancholi Nandlal Kanjibhai

I have not shaken hands with celebrities on stages
In dazzling razzmatazz of light and sound
Nor have bowed my head to kings seeking accolades for my art
But have met nondescript men in mofussil towns
Whose footprints on unknown sea shores
Shall not be wiped off even by stormy winds-

I have not lined up to garland MPs on their vain trip to their constituency
Never have I been present during demagogues euphoric addresses
But have listened with rapt attention
Symphony of songs sung by shepherds

I have never wasted my inks in praise of emperors
But have showered flowers of admiration on artists
And for the rights of unsung heroes
For ever shall I fight