Treasure Island

Vinod Sharma


No War Memorial. Still. 'Ye Dil Mangey More' - 2


In the dark
Of India's ravaged Yoni,
Flickers a tiny flame.

In distant haze,
Victor's blue phallus,
Sniggers at the shame.

His ‘India Gate'
Has names engraved;
Each martyr acclaimed.

No home but,
Not even an inch,
For soldiers for us slain.

Alien beast,
He used, honoured:
No shame.

Our beasts,
They use, spit,
No shame.

India's netas,
Glow enshrined;
Surname.

India's sons,
Rage in the dark,
No name.

India's flag
On that phallus
Weeps for their tiny flame.

Submitted: Monday, August 06, 2012
Edited: Tuesday, August 07, 2012

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

One more Kargil Vijay Diwas has passed us by. Another day to briefly remember India's forgotten soldiers and push them out of sight again. As they have been for the last 65 years. Hard to believe, but the bitter truth is that Independent India has yet not found an inch of land to honour those who have made the supreme sacrifice for their motherland, with a National War Memorial in Delhi.

What is being passed off as a memorial for them is actually a British War Memorial, now called India Gate, to honour every single Indian soldier - regimental no. and name engraved in stone - who died fighting for the Empire mainly during the First World War. All we have done for those who laid down their lives for us, is put a rifle upside down, helmet on top, under the arch of this massive Raj memorial, and light a small flame there. This is humiliation.

For years the military has been trying to convince babus and netas to allot land so that our martyrs too can be honoured and remembered in a dignified manner. Files have moved up and down, but the hearts and minds of the new rulers of India remain frozen.

On the day that commemorates the valour and sacrifice of India's young sons in Kargil, I express my angst in verse. (Two poems)

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  • Thomas A Robinson (8/6/2012 11:49:00 PM)

    Freedom comes with sacrifice
    without sacrifice there is no freedom
    it takes sacrifice and freedom to mske honor
    if we forget honor how long can freedom stand (Report) Reply

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (8/6/2012 11:47:00 PM)

    Hail to Indias heroed warrior souls, gone now, from their mortal thread of providence and valour and forever alive now in Gods Kingdom where they who carried there splintered Croses with pride, passion, love of God and Nation.An excellent memorialising tribute, my friend...Very impressive, indeed! ~FjR~ (Report) Reply

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