uday balakrishnan

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Fragments - Poem by uday balakrishnan

Ruins and what are they?
A mass of stones
Shattered battlements
Crumbling old temples
Broken pottery in a museum
Roofless dwellings
From a very distant past….
Or a recent attack.

Mortars and bombs
Short circuit time
Creating an instant past
For an un-rememberable future
And then there will always be the archaeologist
‘Oh they made a fire there and
War all around’.

‘They read books and burnt libraries…’
Is what she will let you know
In that matter of fact objective kind of way...
Bits of memory interpreted for us.

But nothing will ever tell the story
From a broken home
Or a family that sizzled away in a rocket attack
Or just vanished with the grenade….
Now leave it to the historians
To mop all that up ….
They do it all the time.

Comments about Fragments by uday balakrishnan

  • (7/11/2008 5:11:00 AM)

    nice one, hard hitting facts of life (Report)Reply

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  • (2/10/2006 5:03:00 PM)

    This poem left me with a feeling of sweet sadness for what might have been and might never be again. Thank you for sharing.

    Regards, Sandra Fowler

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  • (2/10/2006 4:32:00 PM)

    Extremely thought provoking Uday... I think you've got a real point here.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, February 10, 2006

Poem Edited: Friday, February 10, 2006

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