Save the tiger

Save the tiger short poem

Only so many tigers

Left in the wild—

Donate generously

To ‘Save the Tiger’

Ran a television commercial!

The commercial

Was not being telecast…

Once in a while—

It was appearing

Every other minute

That too, not in just one channel

But every other channel.

And, it was being

Endorsed by celebrities!

The script writer

Got paid for the script;

The cinematographer

Got paid for the shoot;

The Ad Company

Got paid for producing

The commercial;

The celebrities

Got paid for their endorsements;

The television channels

Got paid

For the broadcast time—

In all this,

What did the TIGER  get?

NOTHING!

If only

All the money

That got spent

On the commercial

Went to conservation

Of the Tiger,

Maybe

The Tiger

Could have been saved!

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Vincent Van Ross is a freelance journalist and writer. He writes on national and international politics, defence, environment, travel, art and culture, social themes, spirituality, philosophy, conservation and a whole lot of other issues. Vincent’s articles and features have appeared in The Hindustan Times, The Pioneer, The Hindu, The Tribune, The Statesman, National Herald, Sahara Time, Speaking Tree (The Times of India), Daily Excelsior, Northern India Patrika, Himachal Times, Free Press, The Free Press Journal, The Sentinel, News time and several periodicals. Currently, Vincent edits a quarterly art journal called ‘Creative Mind.’ He has been on the editorial board of several small and medium publications. He is fond of writing humour. His humorous writings have been carried in ‘Morning Cup,’ ‘Flipside,’ ‘Silly Point,’ ‘Guest Column,’ and middle columns of newspapers and magazines. Apart from these, Vincent writes fiction, poetry and dabbles in creative photography. Seven of his Hindi poems were included in an anthology of Hindi Poems called ‘Guldasta’ some 15 years ago. Several of his English poems are posted in various sites on the web. He has also blogged for renowned community blogging sites such as Silicon India, Insta blogs, Now Public, Food Industry India, Wayn and Speaking Tree besides his own blogging sites in Blogger and Wordpress. Vincent was one of the directors of the Press Club of India, New Delhi in 2009-10 and nominated member of the ‘Legal Committee’ of the Press Club of India in 2010-11. He is currently, one of the advisers to the Delhi Union of Journalists (2013-14). He is a life members of several groups interested in nature and wildlife, writing, photography, art, conservation, environment etc. and has been an office bearer on several councils and committees of organizations dealing with social issues, environmental and social activism as also promotion of nature and wildlife.
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