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Kunwar Narain, from No Other World: Selected Poems

The Key to Success

Both had loaded pistols in hand,
both were scared of each other,
both their hearts were filled with
ancient hatreds for each other.

At that time there were just these two.
But when bullets were shot
a third got killed who was not there
but was at a tea-shop...

To be caught was a fourth who
was not even at the tea-shop
but at home, on his testimony
a fifth was grilled whom some sixth
got trapped — pointed by a seventh
the eighth who was tried resulted
in punishment for a ninth
and the tenth who got off scot-free
came pleading before the eleventh, he

through him
had found the key to a new success that
he was coolly spinning on his finger...