Sharad Rajimwale

Freshman - 613 Points (Calcutta)

Colonialism - Poem by Sharad Rajimwale

They ruled us by the use of Tea Force
dominating our Palate
and Taste buds,
pushing pure, divine milk aside!
While milk was saved for
stone images and children
Tea spread the Crown's Empire beyond every threshold
in Brooke Bond boxes
and Lipton's cartons
From glinting bone-china cups
to dirt-encrusted chipped glasses
at wayside dhabas
percolating taffene, nicotine.....
that ensured
that the Empire would survive
its purely political lease-

The masters in Tea Gardens
changed from white skin to brown,
but the coolies
remained the same
back-bent, slouching, half-hungry
carrying shadows
of the Empire
past the glory of Freedom,
past liberalization,
past new-found Global; bonhomie!
by Sharad Rajimwale
Jodhpur, India

Comments about Colonialism by Sharad Rajimwale

  • Chinedu Dike (10/3/2016 6:54:00 PM)

    An insightful depiction of criminal act of colonialism and post-colonial hangover, well articulated and elegantly brought forth in good diction with conviction. A lovely poem indeed. Thanks for sharing Sharad. Please read my poem MANDELA - THE IMMORTAL ICON. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, August 28, 2010

Poem Edited: Wednesday, September 8, 2010

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