Dozens of bloated dead bodies,
of those who succumbed to COVID,
showed up on the banks of Ganga
in my home state.
Perhaps, the families didn't have money
to buy the wood for the funeral pyre,
or perhaps, there was no space
in the cremation ground,
calendars packed for another week,
and keeping the Covid corpse at home
for more time unsafe and unhygienic,
or perhaps, there was no family left behind,
all of them now merely a statistic,
a number in the death toll,
or perhaps, their last wish was for their remains
to be one with the Ganges.
Whatever the perhaps may be,
the government has one thing to be
thankful for: unlike the ones alive,
the dead doesn't complain
how the government failed them.