Baru Gobira

Rookie (7 may 1952 / India)

Changing Chinese Chimes - Poem by Baru Gobira

A spot the darkness called inside
Soon grew to make some smoke outside
Both mill and mall side by side
Soon banished darkness from the countryside
The role of light is seldom sung
In notes such as these which must have won
The hearts of many and all who’ve run
A race from blinding darkness to the furnace of the sun
To sweat and gloat
To prod and float
An industry the mandarins host
Of many that must be clothed
In attire the nobles once did boast
And now you see a Chinese sea
Of workers in flight and onsite
A scale of immigration, imagination & unbridled pride
Outside the squares of a once forbidden side.

July 2010

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, August 5, 2010



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