Treasure Island

Vijay Sai

(30 12 1975 / Trichy, South India)

Burnt Flower


Siblings playing see-saw
Tiny-tots hiding and seeking themselves
Boys fielding cricket balls
Hitting fours and sixes
Girls throwing throw balls
Parents leaving their toddlers
Just in time as the bell rang nine counts
Striking the hanging iron rail
Children hurrying all over
Running to their classes
As in one such class
A boy in standard nine
Slipped into his class room
Stabbing his teacher brutally
Collapsing her completely
All and sundry arrived
And took hold of the boy
Why he made such a heinous crime
Everyone stunned
At what he uttered
Enraged by the comments
Of what his teacher said the previous day
Mildly asking him to do well in his studies
Warning him of his complacency
Though whatever she said is in the best of spirits
Nothing can stop her from becoming an innocent victim
Sending shock waves all over
Let us all pray for the noble soul
To rest in peace
And no more such ghastly incidents…

Submitted: Saturday, February 18, 2012
Edited: Saturday, February 18, 2012

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  • Eugene Levich (5/31/2014 8:04:00 AM)

    Mindless violence in a mindless world! The search for meaning and for humanity in your poems is compelling. Your writing has power. When I read one of your poems I feel drawn to read the next. Thank you for introducing me to them. (Report) Reply

  • Alexander Coppedge (6/12/2013 5:45:00 PM)

    I wanted to rate this art but you had no rate section Still this is a lovely story Harsh and meaningless violence detailed Try to not be so directly in the story and convey your input or feeling to these events Click my name to see how I express things in one of my poems (Report) Reply

  • Louis Cecile (4/11/2013 1:45:00 AM)

    I like the idea of this poem and the sudden darker shift midpoint. Though there is something about the ending that personally I feel needed a change...maybe a symbolic metaphor. Good poetry. (Report) Reply

  • Teddy Opundo (4/7/2013 4:41:00 AM)

    so cool! well comprehendable...me too i invite you to read my poems and possibly comment on them... (Report) Reply

  • Sandy Player (12/26/2012 5:37:00 AM)

    It's a chilling and obvious warning that nothing can stop you becoming an innocent victim. Thankyou
    -M (Report) Reply

  • Oludipe Oyin Samuel (7/14/2012 7:25:00 AM)

    dumb-struck, aghast, confounded, sober and irked all at once. With a myriad soul, I pray no more flower gets burnt this unruly means. A good piece, thought-provoking (Report) Reply

  • Oludipe Oyin Samuel (7/14/2012 7:23:00 AM)

    dumb-struck, aghast, confounded, sober and irked all at once. With a myriad soul, I pray no more flower gets burnt this unruly means. A good piece, thought-provoking (Report) Reply

  • Naida Nepascua Supnet (6/21/2012 5:25:00 PM)

    Did this really happen? where? how sad.
    I hope nothing like this will happen to me.
    Your lines make me see every action, very clear,
    very vivid.
    Nice poem. (Report) Reply

  • Captain Cur (5/4/2012 3:52:00 PM)

    Just another common, beautiful day, and then the storm of human arrogance and stupidity. Two lives ruined. One much more beautiful and enriching than the other. Very well done. (Report) Reply

  • Sanu Puthupallil (4/4/2012 10:20:00 AM)

    oh brother...i remember this brutal murder...which made everyone shocked for a while.....
    you wrote it very well...
    Let us all pray for the noble soul
    To rest in peace
    yes we should pray, not only for that teacher but also for that child....... (Report) Reply

  • Niki Nicholas Nkuna (2/28/2012 5:15:00 AM)

    Your poem needs to start walking, please review it so that it can start walking. I see that you can do it besides the fact that you have a real subject to write about. (Report) Reply

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