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Death
by Prafulla Sahu
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  One death makes a perfect martyr,
Two deaths divide a country,
More deaths call a municipal trucker;
Flowers and garbage rest at par.

Who remembers the Jalliyan Wallas,
Name by name, we remember the Sikhs,
Remember do we the Kargil wars;
The victims lay buried in their states.

Nothing more precious than loam,
A damp plot aside a country stream;
Death delivers a handful of ashes
To mingle under lonely bushes.

Why so much cry, such shallow compassion?
A soldier’s life begs no compensation.
Ice or rock, garden or garbage ,building or barrack
Where he sinks, sizzles, or shivers, nobody does ask.
 
Listen! The red tomb calls- come brothers, come close,
Let us now shake hands safely under the garbage.

(Written after reading the news:The bodies of four Chhattisgarh policemen, who were killed in a Maoist attack in Dantewada district in Bastar onSunday the 26.06.2011 night, were transported in the local Kirandul municipality’s garbage truck to the district)
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July 01, 2011
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Comments on this Poem

Comment Excellent , deeply moving meaningful imagery of tragic violence.
Great style and words choice. A poem to remember.

pilipubul
12/29/2013 09:42 AM




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