Kedarnath Singh

(7 July 1934 / Chakia, Ballia, Uttar Pradesh / India)

A TWO-MINUTE SILENCE - Poem by Kedarnath Singh

Brothers and sisters
this day is dying
a two-minute silence
for this dying day

for the bird flying away
for the still water
for the night-fall
a two-minute silence

for that which is
for that which is not
for that which could have been
a two-minute silence

for the discarded peel
for the crushed grass
for every plan
for every project
a two-minute silence

for this great century
for every great idea
of this great century
for its great words
and great intentions
a two-minute silence

brothers and sisters
for these great achievements
a two-minute silence.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 3, 2018

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