How will we survive
on a planet
broken by war?

Bits stray here and
there incarnadined
by bombs.

The Earth weeps not
only for the redness
that colours the rocks,

but also for the land
by weapons.

The screens bawl
lists and numbers.
Peace eludes.

soldier sorrows into
mothers’ wombs.

Strips of land denuded
of food, water and life,
missiled, silenced lie.

Weeping might quench
fires, but does it bring

When will peace come
dropping by with
petals of white?

A drop of red falls
on the white.
Cherry blossoms bloom.

Mitali Chakravarty founded an online site borderlessjournal.com which has published its first hard copy anthology, Monalisa No Longer Smiles: An Anthology of Writings from across the World. She has recently brought out her first collection of poetry, Flight of Angsana Oriole: Poems and has an earlier book of humorous essays on living in China where she spent eight years, In the Land of DragonsRead other articles by Mitali.