When Leaders Cried!

The agony of not being able to…
The pain at the incapacity…
The sufferings at the mindless restriction…

(… not being able to) Do her bit
That gnawed at her heart…
That paralyzed her plans…

She had come all the way from
The National Capital Region

She was barred from moving any further
Caged in a government guest house
She prepared for the showdown…

Then they came, all the way
From the land of massacre
Widowed women along with
Orphaned kids.

Administration stopped them
Yards away from the gates
Of the guest house

She fought, she protested

At last the victims’ relations met her
And tears flowed
The leader in unison with the masses.

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.