What Law? What Rule?

They died fighting for their
LAND
Biting the dust

Bullets spread from all
DIRECTIONS
They fell like uprooted
Banana trees.

The usurpers paid for the
BULLETS
And usurped the land
They were born in
And the land they
TILLED

In death they protested
The lawlessness they
Suffered from in their
MOTHERLAND!

Pranab Ghosh is a journalist, poet, author and translator. He has three published books to his credit. Air and Age (co-author; published from Kolkata), Soul Searching and Other Poems (first solo book of poems, published from Toronto) and Bougainvillea And Other Stories, a book of short stories in English, translated from the Bengali original. His poems have been published in Tuck Magazine, Dissident Voice, Literature Studio Review, Scarlet Leaf Review, Leaves of Ink, Weasel Press, Ochebooks.com, Harbinger Asylum, Spillwords, The Piker Press, Visual Verse, Hans India and Setu Magazine, among others. He is married and lives in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. Read other articles by Pranab.