Tiger Count 2005 Siriska, Rajasthan

No roar in the jungle,
no growl in hills.
Quiet birds, still winds.

Deer don’t panic; elephants don’t alarm.

In mud or wet grass,
no pug- marks.
No trail of blood,
not a distant thud.

Behind the bushes no blazing eyes.

Trophies in some homes —
hides hanging from walls,
frozen eyes of glass,

teeth worn like a talisman,
bones stored in jars.
By Uma Asopa

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