Rupa Gogoi

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Namaaz - Poem by Rupa Gogoi

('There is no shelter for us under this skies..', Abba says..) ..And this heart aches As it witnesses Tears on every face it sees.. Then it weeps, with equal fervour It's not blood, but a salty river Flowing in my veins.. Cries even the heaven Nights seem never to end Mornings are but bleak And if a bird sings, she sings A sad prayer, dripping with pain, Beckoning the Allah of every religion, To have mercy and listen- Listen as the red evening sky Is reflected on a soaked, red Earth And the ringing temple bells echo To the cries of a thousand women. Listen, as darkness sets in Bringing deathly stillness with it Dark becomes every hut, quiet every beinAnd bullets tear unforgivingly Through the night's bare chest Listen! As a thousand hearts are hushed with fear And a thousand more are shushed to death.. Hear the stillness that follows, And the heartbreaking cry that shoots through it.. She sings on, her voice drenched in pain: Will you be able to ignore the prayer even then? There is no shelter for us under these skies...

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Poem Submitted: Friday, October 23, 2015

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