Fire Bird!

The bird of fire
Flew across the sky

Giving rise to dreams,
Aspirations and hope

Of a turnaround from
All that is anti-human.

The bird of fire
Flew across the sky.

The rulers got scared.
They came up with new


Of dividing people. Blood spilled
On footpaths, highways

Houses and shops were burnt,
Men and women lost their


But the bird of fire
Refused to rest.

It flew again across the sky.

There will be revolution now!

People will arise, people will bring the

With fire in their belly and resolve
In their heart, they will cross the
Victory line,
this time!

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,, 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.