Let Us Be the Phoenix

People trying to distribute true love are getting hatred
People trying to truly shield the downtrodden are getting penalized
As politics of corruption
As politics of division
As politics of hatred
As politics of lies
As politics of compromise
Eat into the vitality of our nation
Gnawing at the roots of the Constitution
Putting constitutional values on the backburner
Bulldozing brotherhood and human emotions
At the alter of an ill-conceived ‘rashtra’ vision…
Tunnel vision being propagated as neo-nationalism,
patriotism, love for the country and what not
Can a home give warmth where brothers fight,
sisters get dishonored, raped, maimed for life,
Where mothers trudge routes of
‘samshan ghats’ and burial grounds
Where fathers watch in helpless agony
And the rubble of times tries to sink us all
alive into the debris of ‘democracy’
India will have to be rebuilt
Like a Phoenix we will have to rise from the ashes
And proclaim to the world that our democracy’s the best!

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.