Yuyutsu RD Sharma

Joint Pain/ Padam Gautam

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First, they burned jungles, 

cornfields and hungry huts.

Burnt cots, almirahs and clothes,

and stumps of the remaining trees--

the same ash seekers

Then they made our children 

carry the ashes on their mule backs. 

 

Again they burnt the whole landscape--

wheat fields, barns,

and my beautiful wooden house.

Slowly as we watched 

they burnt the whole village.

Powerless, this moment

we stand shivering in the cold

alone, bare and bleak 

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