Ajmer Rode has published books of poetry, prose, drama and translation in English and Punjabi. His publication Leela, more than a thousand pages long (co-authored with N. Bharati) is considered a landmark in twentieth-century Punjabi poetry. His poem “Stroll in a Particle” is one of the eight international poems inscribed on a public wall outside the new office complex of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle.
Says the city whispers
in her ear: I will keep my air clean.
Waters too. Will keep my soul green,
skies blue. Will let my earth spread
more root-runs not pipe runs.
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