THREE WAR POEMS
by Sathya Narayana
OUR UNHOLY GRAILS
How weird is world history
Mottled with battles and tragedy
Millions died with senseless fury
Why at one tyrant’s blithely writ
Hordes run towards certain death?
Purging out blind faiths when
Surged as mindless blitzes
How many lives went underneath?
Cramming from core to the mantle
This hungry, pitiless Mother Earth
We no longer drink sweet Adam’s ale
Filled are our grails with our ancestors’
Bitter blood and baleful tales.
BIG BROTHER SYNDROME
Burning! Burning! Whole world is burning
Erased ghettos, razing down skyscrapers
Mowed out farms, fields and meadows
Smoldering woods, vines and thickets
Thawing glaciers and boiling polar waters
War-fire far and wide; wild and torrid
Melting earth into oceans
Asia and Australia in shambles
Africa reduced to hot ashes
And South America under mercenary cap
Screaming, shouting and crying everywhere
Whole human world looking like God’s acre
In the bloody gore, pillage, mire and pyre
Scurrying kith and kin, in rubble, gathering
Scattered limbs of their near and dear ones
Tragedy reigning; hungry cinders remaining
In ravaged homes and ruined lives
“Ha! Ha! Ha! What a scene! How picturesque!”
Dream broke! Big Brother awoke!
With cold sweat on his face and
Cold feeling sweeping his fetish mind
Smiled he in wild ‘sadist’faction at his reverie
Muttered he to himself in glee
“I will! I will! Fulfill this dream!
And slake this thirst! This hunger and this lust!
With hysterical urge reach those orgasmic crests
And stand there laughing my heart out
And shout, shout and shout like a lunatic
I am Lord! I am God! I am the Almighty!!!”
Who killed whom?
How many died?
Our men; their men
Crushed flesh and bones
Knew no difference
Spilled crimson tears
Mourned sans bias
Filled the ambience
With quiet noise
And shrilling silence
OH! Brothers versus brothers
In senseless violence
Look at thoses spirits
Of lost lives precious
Fighting aimless battles
Now in repentence
Look at these scared beings
Waiting in patience
For eternal peace
Not by guns
Not by malevalence
Use love and kindness
Know God’s oneness
YOU CAN ERASE BOUNDARIES
And earn boundless happiness
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