Friday, 25 November 2016

AN ODE TO 26/11/2008

AN ODE TO 26/11/2008*

I salute those
massacred at CST
martyred at the TAJ
felled in the line of duty
facing military type attack
composure retained
in spite of barbaric brutality.

I salute
the brave commoner
saving lives, though horrified
the fire-fighter, the bravery personified
local policemen, who dared to fight back
seeking to pay back
the nanny who saved the child
when at Chabad,
terrorists had gone wild.

I salute
a widow watching her dreams shattered
India should survive,” she thought,
that is what most mattered.”

I salute
the day 26/11
withstanding the carnage
when everyone jumped in
to limit the damage.

I salute
the never say die spirit of Mumbaites
for resistance shown
making every effort to comfort
known or unknown.

Giving befitting reply to
sinister designs of Pakistan
India has always survived
because my country is known as
Bharat, also Hindustan.

*A note from the poet :- The day 26 November 2008 still lingers. On this day Mumbai (financial capital of India) was attacked by Pakistan based and supported terror organisations. Approx 164 were dead and 308 wounded. Resilience shown by Indian paramilitary forces and citizens was remarkable.

*The poem has been published in 'Refreshing Writes'

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