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, 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 in November 2020. Read other articles by Pranab.