Pulwama, your saffron fields


Forty dead, bodies returned, soldiers mourned, nation angry

Pulwama was known for saffron – and is now dripping

in the pigments of blood-drenched fields and flowers


Forever forging ahead, at the hands of a callous nation

Obnoxious politics, a distressed tricolor on coffins

Repeat, rinse, repeat, repeat, rinse, repeat

Telling the same story, imposing sanctions

Yesterday, forty mothers were silenced by a 21 gun salute


Forlorn eyes, barren pyre for there was no body

Our men left forty letters of relinquished hope

Repeat, rinse, repeat, repeat, rinse, repeat

They had valor, imbecile nation owners

You owe, your tears to their dry-eyed wives


Fellows in arms, fellows in war, fellows in death

Opened gaping wide, the earth shudders in shame

Repeat, rinse, repeat, repeat, rinse, repeat

Their graves are decked with smothered dreams

Yet we shamelessly, switch channels and pay homage


Repeat, Rinse, Repeat, Repeat, Rinse, Repeat

limbs, arms, heads, skulls, eyes, feet, necks

guts, innards, blood, flesh, bones, marrow

Repeat, Rinse, Repeat, Repeat, Rinse, Repeat

Forty Bravehearts, shattered into the air

Will haunt the apathy of your existence

They won’t come home, but neither will you


Rathod Nitin, Virendra Singh, Awadesh Yadav, Bhagirathi Singh

Ratan Thakur, Pankaj Tripathi, Amit Kumer, Jeet Ram

Kulwinder Singh, Vijay Mouya, Maneswar, Mohan Lal

Sanjay Sinha, Ram Vakeel, Jaimal Singh, Naseer Ahmad

Tilak Raj, Sukhjinder Singh, Rohitash Lamba, Jaimal Singh

Vijay Soreng, Vasantha Kr, Guru, Subramanian

Manoj Behra, Mahesh Kr, Narayan Lal, Pradeep Kumar

Sahoo, Ramesh Yadav, Hemraj Meena, Sanjay Rajput

Kaushal Rawat, Shyam Babu, Pradeep Singh, Ajit Azad

Bablu, Maninder Atri, Ashvini Kaochi













Published by Kashiana

I am a management professional by job classification and a work practitioner by personal preference. One poetry collection - Shelling Peanuts and Stringing Words and a chapbook, Crushed Anthills. Always gathering poems, and letting them marinate and change shape and form.

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