Unforgettable Afternoon

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic
"Unforgettable Afternoon" is about a day when the city of Calcutta was rocked by violence out and out, in the name of protest. the incident led to a total commotion, immobilizing the city for a few hours.

Submitted: April 11, 2008

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Unforgettable Afternoon

I still remember that afternoon,
School was just over; I was outside the school gate,
Strolling with my friend, on my way back home,
When I heard a loud noise, as if someone had dropped a shell,
Before I could realize what was happening,
I saw a violent mob coming forward, with placards in hand,
They were screaming, uttering abuse against some lady,
Unknown to an eight year old school girl,
I saw men approach with bottle bombs and rods and
Bricks raining from nowhere;
My friend almost dead with fear, and suffocation, was pulling at my hand,
When I heard another blast!


I had drawn a rainbow in the last period, in school, that afternoon,
Minutes before the mayhem,
All colors in my drawing were equally vibrant,
But, now I could see only one color before my eyes: red.
My eyes saw what was not meant for it to see,
The bloodshed, the burning buses and the gory face of Man.


My eyes were burning that afternoon, in fear, and with the prolonged effects of teargas,
And still burns this day, with shame, disgrace and a strong animosity for
Those who taught us that day, Dante's Inferno was a far better place
Than where we are living and dying many times every day,
And waiting, in the name of survival, for the final catastrophe.


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