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, writer, poet, translator and blogger. His blog is “Existential Problems”. His poems and prose have been published by several on=line publications including Dissident Voice, Spillwords, The Piker Press, Setu Magazine, Pangolin Review, Visual Verse, etc. Pranab has coauthored a book of poems, titled Air & Age; a translation of a book of Bengali short stories, “Bougainvillea and Other Stories” (English translation title). His second book of poems and first solo book, “Soul Searching and Other Poems” (2017), was published by Scarlet Leaf Publishing, Toronto. His second collection of poems, “Vision of the World and Other Poems”, was published by Impspired.com in November 2020. Read other articles by Pranab.