Poetry: prisoner of landi kotal

February 20, 2007

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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.

love people who are in awe of words. words are the sole arbiter and the final survivor. desicritic editor, slave and slave-driver.
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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?

February 21, 2007
09:32 AM


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;)

BJ Kumar
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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