Rookie (1950 / Lahore, Pakistan)

The Locusts - Poem by NAYYAR SHABBIR AHMAD

We don’t want arrogant invaders from afar marauding and
occupying our Countries under the guise of ridding our territories
of terrorists.
These Locusts - only think of plonking democracy and good gov-
ernance onto those Nations fortunate enough to hold assets rather
than nuclear or biological weapons.

Their intention is to give the impression, that their motives
are wholly above board. So, alongside, getting rid of terrorists,
they construct a certain amount of schools, hospitals, roads
etc. Then, corruption and pillage of millions of dollars, set aside
for construction, is proved to be embezzled by the intruder.
Next, they cause friction between the Nations Citizens, then, kill
Innocent civilians - albeit - accidently - they claim, while targeting
the ‘enemy’. These mistakes are referred to as, ‘collateral damage’.

And while chaos reigns the mineral collectors and geologists of
the mineral starved Western gate-crasher will be hard at work
searching the entire area for quick bucks.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010

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