Now each time I read the word piety
I’m reminded of Euthyphro
and the sins of fathers.
Incriminating a father is neither pious
nor impious till we know what piety is.
But Socrates didn’t talk about forgiving,
and we who don’t philosophize
have to get by in the faint light
of what we remember: the peach tree;
white insects with green blood;
the mother, terrified.
Tanuj Solanki's first novel, Neon Noon, was published by Harper Collins India in 2016. His fiction has been published in the Caravan, Hindu Business Line, DNA, Out of Print, and numerous other publications. He lives in Mumbai with his wife, and works in life insurance.