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-         Manas Bakshi (India)


Stranded behind a wall.

Curiosity grows to see and know

What's there beyond  ......

Debris of past -- an eye opener

To the living death poignant at  present,

Dead body of democracy

Wrapped in a white sheet :

Meeting , slogan, agitation and hunger strike

Fuming against a paralysed system

Culminate in a clash!


Protesters forced to vacate the spot

Before it comes under the surveillance

Of CCTV and some sniffer dogs --

Tonight at the banquet

Alcoholic jubilation will outstrip the privileged,

Nobody marks yesterday's bloodspots

Bright as sunrays today

On the white sheet

Wrapping up the dead.