Kingshuk Chakraborty


On Republic Day - Poem by Kingshuk Chakraborty

Not a long ago,
It was another dawn.
When a newborn
Took the first step
On a new laid out path
To reach the dreams of many martyrs.
The fluttering flag
Was singing the shackle-free song.
Amidst the joy all around,
Holding heads high
We stood up strong,
With hopes in our hearts
Carrying on its crest
A pledge of a new bright day
And the seeds of a new harvest.

But do not know,
When did we embrace the night?
Inexhaustible spirit still glows like a moon
But the soul quietly bleeds in the fight.
Corruptions made us stand
In a torn clad of moral.
In pale body, life doesn't flow with ease
Religions and castes are raising the walls.
We never dreamt this nation new,
Where freedom becomes the word for few.

Still....
when I hear the raising voices
And the slogans of many,
Whether it's against corruption
Or for abuse any…..
It seems like the bells ringing far off
In a church or a temple.
It's like Azan in Mosques
Announcing the time of breaking the night…
When thousands assemble in candle march,
Do I see a radiant sky, where the darkness is gone?
I hold the tricolor close to my heart
Hoping, I would see another dawn.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, January 29, 2013



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