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Nooruddeen Mathilakathveetil

(Jan 8-1952 / Perinnanam)

Smudge of Blood


Here, this smudge of blood,
Of a tender boy of eleven,
Soaked thru the tarmac,
Yet to be dried, still wet and warm!

An innocent young lad,
Fades-in my mind,
Your bag! Your bag!
Picking up a shopping bag,
Shouting and chasing the biker,
Who slings the bag into the crowd,
And cruises at a high speed.
Shouting repeatedly in vain,
Albeit he ran a bit far away from the crowd,
Your Bag! Your Bag!
Still shouting...

Oh! Sudden, the shopping bag explodes
Shredding in to pieces, the poor boy.
Scattering around his fresh flesh all over.
"My son! " "My son! "
The horror stricken mother gasps.
Dreadfully aloud and running to the spot,
Where her son has been ripped,
Plight of the mother is tearful.
Compassions and rancours surge up,
Cries and sighs of the shocked crowd, aghast.
Mother out of sense of mind,
Insanely hasten gathering,
Of her only beloved son's tender bod.
Warm blood dripping fleshes, broken skul,
Clasping to her bosom
"Oh! My Son, My Son. '
Weeping and wailing with a grief uncontrollable,
Caving into the pool of blood…sans...consciousness. ……………………………………………………
……………………………………………………
A ppalling brutality and the terror,
Of evil minds, will get over when?
Open your eyes, empathize,
NO reward of Heaven, for shedding the innocent blood.
NO reward of Heaven, for this distress of mothers.
What remains is just this smudge of blood…

Submitted: Monday, June 15, 2009
Edited: Thursday, March 15, 2012

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  • Swetha Vanakayalapati (6/11/2012 5:12:00 AM)

    the situation is entirely written with profound of quest - thought of slaughtering the innocent for reaping crooked desires by the sloths in dark side of the world......the content holds true emotions along with the mode of words. (Report) Reply

  • Mz February (12/9/2011 12:08:00 PM)

    That is a very powerful piece of poetry you have there, I like the emphasis on his innoncence, sorry its taken me over a year to get back to you :) (Report) Reply

  • Audrey O'shea (3/11/2011 10:27:00 PM)

    Intense! Like how when I started reading it, it was like a story unfolding and out of nowhere bam! Ur hit with a surprise twist of fate in the story and it comes to a painful end. I like it! :) (Report) Reply

  • Narayanan Ramakrishnan (2/17/2011 2:35:00 AM)

    Really great writing that i could visualise. heart sinks into sadness. poignant act of indignant minds. Read my poems also and post comments. . (Report) Reply

  • Saju Abraham (2/16/2011 8:16:00 AM)

    Let me begin by saying, it's a wonderful poem. Written in a style of your own. Very nice choice of lexis. Gripping. The best part is the message. It can't be driven home more forcefully. Great write. Thanks for sharing. Hope to read more of yours. (Report) Reply

  • Linda Winchell (2/13/2011 4:36:00 PM)

    I lived in Chicago and saw many a drive by killings of innocent children. And the Viet Nam war. Where millions of boys and women died. Sin does not discriminate, it is everywhere! It lives in the heart of all mankind. Sad poem of what is. God Bless (Report) Reply

  • Hannah Barham (2/13/2011 2:54:00 PM)

    it's amazing how the right words can make this most wrong situation burst to life on my screen. really well done - such a difficult topic to write about... (Report) Reply

  • Deja Rupp (1/12/2011 2:14:00 PM)

    Dang that was almost really hard to read because of how intense that was... Great work though keep it up man (Report) Reply

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