Dr Anish Mathew John

Rookie - 20 Points (16 Feb 1973 / London)

My Castle Drowned - Poem by Dr Anish Mathew John

(A reflection of a child standing on the beach after losing his parents. This was written after the Tsunami had struck the southern coastal region of India in 2005)

Castles we mounted together all eve
Soaked my feet, she teased me wet
Zephyr, the sunset and sea birds all
“Earth” her sobriquet she’s home to all.

Chaste no more and limbs severed
Shook with grief she trembled in fear
Fate we brought to her these days
Cold we left her arms to stray.

Tears rolled out, pains galore
Poured it flowed, out of the brim
Came and left in all one wink
To fill up nostrils, to empty all breaths.

Castle I lost, cries all place
Screams and yells are still in air
Knees were weak to move or start
Help, help, help was what I heard.

Kind was her but to me alone
Swept ashore, in one full wave
Came to know the truth so late
For never would dad and mom return.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, September 4, 2010

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