Retrospection: A Poem by Kabir Deb

Lonely night;
With a smirking moon;
He slept with his pet aside;
Night grabbed him harder;
As nerves started to squeeze him;

A sudden thud took place;
When he was reading a travelogue with eyes closed;
His sleep became a riot;
When they started yelling the names of God;
A tyranny released her wings to fly;

The backache was resisting his horror to wake;
He wanted a second more;
To return to the sublime nation;
Where rain meant condensed water;
Not the nation where rain means God’s creation;

Before the quest he never read his death;
He just knew life ends;
But that xenophobic thud;
Brought the death out of his fear;
A loophole condemned his retrospection;

The moment that he built with his voice;
Now hugs the venomous air;
The creator now meets two persons;
One who questions what ‘He’ created;
And one who believes that ‘He’ created;

Imitating death he opened the door;
Behind which some dead caterpillars stood;
Their metamorphosis had stopped;
When they started to mask everything;
They masked their  friends;
And they masked their foes;

When his horror met death;
Horror kneeled before his life;
As he unveiled himself before them;
Words seldom exchanged;
It was a brutal touch which bombarded;
Unknowingly they killed everything;

They thought of meeting their belief;
By setting fire on his art;
The art which his voice created;
They never thought that even smoke has a silhouette;
His touch would form its shape even in the dusky smoke;
Brutality now gave birth to wonder.

My name is Kabir Deb. I was born in Haflong and completed my schooling from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Karimganj. After that completed my Graduation and Masters from Assam University, Assam. Poetry has been my passion and a hobby from my childhood. I look forward to change the society with the power of poetry. When the society is facing with many political and social conflicts I would like to show them that poetry can destroy even the most destructive force in the society as poetry knows how to create. My work has been published in ‘​To be my Valentine​’ edition of ​Hall of Poets.

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