Vikram Seth’s poetic response to the SC judgement on IPC 377

Author Vikram Seth has responded to the Supreme Court’s ruling on the IPC 377 re-criminalizing homosexuality through a poem. 

‘Through love’s great power’vikram

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.

Author’s note: Any person, publication or channel may use, disseminate or publish this poem and recording freely – without permission from the author or any other source.