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Poetry: prisoner of landi kotal

February 20, 2007
temporal

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disheveled children shouting joyfully running, playing with tiny pebbles in their puny palms aiming for the bars

townspeople, passers by
through rusted bars glance
at cobwebbed body-cells
at dreams and desires
incarcerated and
forgotten under some
moth-eaten, lost verdict

kindly souls pass food
or furtive smiles
desultory looks
unaware they are
in life's prison too

landi kotal is a small frontier town, near torkham, at the border of pakistan and afghanistan. at one time it had a single room prison in the town square above a store-front.

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#1
tbs
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February 20, 2007
06:12 PM

"at one time it had a single room prison in the town square above a store-front"

and today?

#2
temporal
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February 21, 2007
09:32 AM

tbs:

things have changed somewhat since my last visit:)

the occupying army has enslaved and incarcerated whole tribes in the region under the guise of 'war on terror' by musni mubarraf;)

#3
BJ Kumar
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February 21, 2007
09:31 PM

[unaware they are
in life's prison too]

Thanks a LOT, t-bhai!! But I am not in any hurry to get out.

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