Poetry: Pranab Ghosh

Pranab Ghosh
Politics, Love and Betrayal

I have come to know...
I did not know!

I learnt to walk...
I do not remember...

I realized the importance 
of the 'word'...
The power of its alphabets,
their sequential placements
perhaps the day I fell...
got hurt...
perhaps even 'bled'...
and then in all likelihood 
perhaps...
must have
stood up
and 
'walked'!

Otherwise how would
I have reached this place...

Today?

I must have
'Fallen'...

I must have 
'Risen'...

I must have
'Gathered'
Myself

And
Must
Have
'Walked'...

Must have...

But today
'walking'
has become
difficult 
as
pain, liquid and blue
runs through my veins
tearing into my soul
and corrupting my heart...

Or
does it really?

Perhaps you have failed
Perhaps they have failed

At least for the

Day...

My heart still throbs
I still feel the blue pain
burst open at crucial
parts of my body, opening 
up festering wounds
that give 'dirty' looks at me

And I shudder!

But refuse to hate myself
and adopt your
'corrupt'
ways

I refuse to hate the
people, who have joined 
you
for
fear
or
favor!

I refuse...
I refuse...
I refuse...

But I swear...

To live another day
To avenge the...

...Humiliation 
...Insult
...Dishonor 
...Rape

And
perhaps...

The mother of
all emotions...

'BETRAYAL'

...

Let pain itself
suck the poison
out of the veins

Let 'blue' hyacinth 
bloom in the 'muck'
you have cultivated
in the deep lake of 
'clear water'!

Let us all dredge
'muck'
pain
death

Out of our Lives!

Let
Our
Existence
Triumph
Over
The
Decree
Of
The
Usurpers!
***

Bio: Pranab Ghosh is an internationally published award-winning journalist, writer and poet. His third anthology of poems, Karma Cola, has been published by the UK-based Impspired.com in June 2023. His fourth anthology of poems, Love, Religion and Politics is slated for release shortly.

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