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.
© 2014, Vikram Seth.
Vikram Seth wrote this poem in response to the Indian Supreme Court’s re-instating of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalises physical intimacy in homosexual relationships.