What Death?

Humanity strangulated
Civilization raped
At the farmland…
In the badland of
The nation

Dead…
Times…
Unnao…

Massacred downtrodden…
Existence questioned
By brutality of men

Hungry pests eating
Away the flower
Of life…

Woman struggles
To survive…

Woman lies scathed
In the country…

As their sisters
Get raped, then
Drugged to death
Miles away…

Author’s Note: “Bodies of two Dalit girls, aged 13 and 16, were found in the family’s field in Unnao district on Wednesday evening, along with a 17-year-old in a serious condition. The elder girls were sisters, with the 13-year-old their cousin.” 1  Some time ago a Dalit girl was brutally raped at Hathras, UP, an Indian state, and she died later.

  1. Indian Express, a leading English daily published from New Delhi and other locations. []
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.