Theme: Remorse

A Terrorist's Grief...


‘No more, enough is enough’,
in deep anguish a terrorist thought,
‘I can’t anymore carry this blot.
Men, it is said, are born
with silver spoons in their mouths,
and am I with a sword to be an uncouth?
Am I a coward, a reject or an odd man out?

My contribution is nil,
never did I carry a brick,
sowed nor harvested paddy or wheat,
a road I hardly built, though have destroyed many;
under the monsoon shower hand-in-hand
never I have walked with any,
though for ransom I have hijacked lovers,
killed men, created unfortunate widows and orphans.

But why do I commit such crime
without good reason and rhyme;
people remember in awe
names of those who fought
for peace and freedom and built nation.
Who will ever think of me
who spread fear, stole from each heart, joy and cheer?

'No more, no more,
enough is enough’,
in deep anguish and grief
the terrorist silently thought!

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More By  : Dr. Kumarendra Mallick

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Comments on this Poem

Comment It is more relevant today with terrorism threatening peaceful life everywhere.
It is a beautiful poem.
I wish this poem is re-published again for all of us to read.
thanks Dr.Mallick.

Buddha D.Rudra
10-Mar-2015 21:16 PM

Comment Padmaja, I appreciate your patience and interest to read a poem posted more than a year back. I feel so rewarded, dear friend. Thank you for your candid appreciation.

30-Jun-2014 10:21 AM

Comment An amazing retrospection by a terrorist - so well articulated by you, Dr. Mallick! Excellent!

Padmaja Iyengar
30-Jun-2014 08:32 AM

Comment Thank you, R Dashby for expressing your appreciation by quoting a well known poem 'Pirates of Penzance'. You are right that man has has the capacity to turn a new leaf in his life.

Kumarendra Mallick
23-Aug-2012 20:15 PM

Comment Your poem brings to mind these lines from Gilbert & Sullivan's 'Pirates of Penzance':

When a felon's not engaged in his employment,
or maturing his felonious little plans,
his capacity for innocent enjoyment
is just as great as any honest man's.

Your moving poem brings this out in the realisation of the terrorist: that he can appreciate.the evil in his deeds because he can appreciate the good in life.

23-Aug-2012 09:08 AM

Comment And Rupradha, you are my reliable guard! Thank you for your appreciation. Love.

Kumarendra Mallick
23-Aug-2012 01:24 AM

Comment proves you have a heart made of gold!!

22-Aug-2012 11:08 AM

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