OPINION

Mumbai Burns

November 28, 2008
Vivek Sharma

Did you see the sobbing reporter describe how the Taj of Mumbai burns?
How many will Asuras cause to die before O Vishnu as avataar returns?

The fanatic bullet hunts gazelles everywhere that nostalgia mourns.
Where is the machine crafted that chokes our unfinished yearns?

Differences are astonished at the atrocities flowing in their name.
Can anyone explain it to these cubs, where this feud begins?

Words loaded into Kalashnikovs explode in believer's brains.
What savage desires issue death sentences to their sons?

You fight your kith and kin, seeking separate land-holdings.
See our heritage now desecrated by our own selfish actions.

Tearful ocean is filled with the ash of my extinguished loves.
My hurt is the chorus of subdued sighs of colossal nations.

There is absolutely no God who honors assassins.
He is all powerful. He needs no help from tainted persons.

Courage is in protecting, in fighting limitations, in peace.
Who is using this chicanery to teach the faithful satanic lessons?

Light up a diya, whisper me the ancient hymns of Shanti!
Forge within Vivek again that grit for overcoming tribulations.

Vivek Sharma is a poet, an engineer, a scientist and a writer. He is published in both refereed literary and science journals, and his poetry was recently nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He contributes articles to Divya Himachal (Hindi newspaper in India) and online to himachal.us, desicritics.org and blogcritics.org.
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#1
Amitabh Mitra
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November 28, 2008
10:35 AM

A great poem from a great poet
A Pushcart Nominee (America's Highest Poetry Award)is no ordinary poet
My Congratulations

#2
GB
November 29, 2008
04:56 AM

good poem Vivek

#3
Vivek Sharma
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November 29, 2008
06:27 PM

There are no songs that can undo the hurt the recent few days have caused to everyone in the nation. The poem is written in rage, for a personal catharsis, but how do we get my nation cleansed of terrorists and fundamentalists? How do we start the process of political activism?

#4
kerty
November 29, 2008
06:39 PM

Vivek

"how do we get my nation cleansed of terrorists and fundamentalists?"

We are informed that terrorists have no religion - fundamentalist or non-fundamentalist. Who do you think were the fundamentalists in this terror attacks?

#5
GB
November 30, 2008
02:22 AM

To cleanse the nation , we must be involved in its affairs. Our children must be in
1. Politics
2. Army
3. Police
4. Law making
We must educate our young ones about the issues our country is facing, not leaving for some one to take charge. Our Children must know the truths, They will get the interest to involve in matters. We bother only about a secure future for our children, investments, Jobs etc, But we failed to think about the Country.
I think Now the FIRE has started in our hearts. I think this will yeild results.
We must also teach our Children to Love and respect other religions. What we sow we will reap ! We must sow the seeds of LOVE, then atleast they will reap the harvest, A terror free world.

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