Cry Of A Soul......[2] Poem by Om Chawla

Cry Of A Soul......[2]

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A small room in the ward number four
A grave like home to the pulsating corpse:
For forty two years she lay there
With stifled shriek stuck in the throat.
Was it a cry of pain or of fear
Or for help to escape the savage assault.
Unuttered it froze in time's eternal grasp,
And now when the flesh has gone cold,
Would be buried mingled with the ultimate dust
In a state of smouldering dormancy.

For forty two years this small room
Reverberated with unuttered cries of a distressed soul
At transgression of her privacy
By her own erstwhile friends;
Who in the name of tending her
Would shame her even more
Than the savage brute who raped her.
Priding in the nobility of their cause,
And failing to realise the hurt that they caused,
Opposed they the plea for mercy before the court,
When a lady with angelic compassion at heart;
Perturbed at the perpetual agony of the suspended soul
That lay shackled in the arid cage;
Sought the merciful release of distressed soul.
Termination of agony judges refused
Though life in the corpse they could not infuse.

For forty two years the poor soul
Remained in a state of spiritless suspension
A helpless victim mute to the tortuous grind.
For forty two years no one heard her cries wild,
her tears in her stony eyes got dried.

Sham is the pretentious right to life
When life can't be lived and death is denied.
After forty two years of agonising suspension
Let peace be the right of released soul.
Pray that the cries have now ceased, let peace prevail.
Pray that the tormented soul now rests in peace
By herself in her new resting place.

Thursday, August 20, 2015
Topic(s) of this poem: obituary
This poem was written by me on the death of Aruna Shanbaugh a staff nurse of KEM Hospital, Parel, on 18th May 2015.after 42 years long sufferance in vegetative state/ coma, at the age of 67. Author-activist Pinki Irani's plea to let her die with dignity did not meet approval of the judiciary.
Valsa George 26 August 2015

Sham is the pretentious right to life When life can't be lived and death is denied.......... In a way you are so right! At least in the case of Aruna, one must say that her friends submitted her to endless torture and did her greater harm than the savage who cruelly raped her! If she could speak aloud, she would have definitely pleaded to release her eternally from the cruel bondage of her cage! A poem so strong in indignation for a right cause! A 10

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Roseann Shawiak 22 August 2015

This was a very intense and difficult poem to read, full of agony, pain, a beautiful person, a nurse who could not deal with being raped. Such a great tragedy befell her so young. A heart wrenching poem indeed. Very emotional poem, Om. Thank you for sharing it. RoseAnn

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Abdulrazak Aralimatti 20 August 2015

The case of Aruna is a great tragedy in the history of mankind, remaining in coma for 42 long years, spending the whole youth with it. The poem narrates the tragedy with a great feeling

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Abdulrazak Aralimatti 20 August 2015

Truly, the degree of pain experienced by Aruna is unexplainable A great thanks to all who nursed her as a mother.

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