by Gopikrishnan Kottoor
I'll not write
about the Mumbai blasts.
write about the fifty pigeons that died
and the fakir who used to feed them grain
by the Taj
who was blasted away,
and how the birds,
they died of hunger and sorrow.
I'll make only
a passing reference to the paupers,
the begging children,
the drug hawkers and the sex workers out on an afternoon
stroll and all about Boxer
the handsome stray dog that used to come for his snooze
at about 1.00 p.m. daily with his head
upon the lap of The Gateway of India,
who has now vanished without a trace.
He was a
true lover of man….
for your praise for the Koran & The Gita,
your sudden afternoon
before the RDX ripped
the anemic pregnant woman
sudden piece of embryo
in its small pool of blood,
lit feet of smiling,
poem ‘Mumbai Blasts’, was written following the
in taxis at The Gateway of India in 2003, which purportedly were in reaction to the Godhra events in
Gujarat. The reference to Mumbai Devi stems from a related
happening in the temple in Mumbai city dedicated to the goddess of Mumbai. The Hindus
encourage worship of deities named after their
villages who, they believe, protect the
village and the people. Mumbai, in pre British India was a fishing
village. The poem has references to connected life events, though in symbolic
ways, that followed the bomb blasts.
Last updated May 28, 2012