the zero-rupee note

The zero-rupee note

has purchased quite a lot.


Conceived in frustration

with ubiquitous corruption,


the first time it was paid

its recipient was dismayed


to the point where he willingly

conceded to do – for free,


without requiring the bribe

he’d needed before – his job.


The bills and the notion spread

as more and more people were paid


with a bill for which no one would beg,

with a number as round as an egg,


buying more than the real rupee did.

And the sweaty and somnolent greed?


When your labor is counterfeit,

What are you looking for?