I Have Seen the Light – Badri Raina

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An artist's impression of 100 Smart Cities that India is looking to create.
An artist’s impression of 100 Smart Cities that India is looking to create.

So how does one get to a smart city,

When the traffic is such a bane?

Ah, one leaves the traffic to underlings,

And rides a bullet train

 

BADRI RAINA

 

I have found the way to beat the blues,

And be young, bold, and witty:

While wise ones go to Innisfree,

I will to the smart city.

 

Smart city begins where good sense ends,

And cantankerous wisdom dies;

Smart city is our version of

What St John saw in the skies.

 

Not twelve types of precious stones

Will encase our paradise,

But a thousand gleaming tinsel chips,

Enough to blind the eyes.

 

Smart city is not meant to make us see

Into the life of things;

It says “leave troublesome life behind,

Let things be your heartstrings.”

 

So how does one get to a smart city,

When the traffic is such a bane?

Ah, one leaves the traffic to underlings,

And rides a bullet train.

 

Is paradise ever meant for the hoi polloi,

Despite what the good book says?

Thus principles of political economy

Must follow such godly ways

 

As destine you and me and a friend or two

Wrapped in good fortune

To book our golden pads in Smart city

Nearest to the moon.

 

From thence to look down upon

What bleeding hearts made of the earth—

A globe of struggles and sufferings,

Of mere human death and birth.

 

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