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Prabhakar Subramaniam


By the sea


All night

We take turns

To keep watch

Worrying, the sea

Will sweep us away

As we lie asleep.

For you, far away

From the shore

The night holds no such fear

The buzz of mosquitoes

Is hardly alarming.

We too loved the sea, once

It was music to our ears

Soothing as a mother's lullaby

Now, as it roars in relentlessly

Mauling churches, temples, houses

It has become Death itself

Unsatiated by the tsunami meal

Like a tiger turned man-eater

Submitted: Saturday, November 03, 2012
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