Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Tears of Sand

-Brian Mendonca

Sand mining
has denuded you
of your waters
O Mighty Bharatpuzha
-Refuge of the ancients.
From Pallakad to Ponnani
your flanks brimmed with life.
At Shoranur station
the railway book stall
sells soft porn in Malayalam
When shall we receive Mukti
From our avarice?

(Shoranur Junction, 2008)

Published in Peace of India: Poems in Transit self-published by Brian Mendonca, New Delhi 2011. Pix of the Bharatpuzha river taken by the poet near Kittuppuram in 2016.

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