Cold, Cold Wars

It’s a cold war
somewhere in South Asia
or is it India?
For ages, they have been telling
us, the sages, that good neighbours
are ambassadors
of ill will
and, of course, goodwill
but the cold war persisted
though some insisted that this
was an aberration
mere lack of concentration
in between there were wars
not cold but burning
like the tiger burning
now things are not so bright
we are losing the inner light
and the cold war has reached minus degrees
like deathly squawking of geese.

Ananya S Guha lives in Shillong in North East India. He has been writing and publishing poetry for the last thirty years, and his poetry has appeared in numerous online publications. He holds a doctoral on the novels of William Golding and currently is a senior academic in India's Indira Gandhi National Open University. Read other articles by Ananya S..