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Dark Day

The day had dawned with promises of times good
When the little child was begging for food
Hadn’t seen a morsel in days, still didn’t have it in sight
Would the Gods in heaven pity my plight?

The day had dawned and the nation saw rays of hope
Although Oh! Father, they found you hanging at the end of a rope
Unable to bear the grief of seeing his children die
Lying around, like birds that couldn’t fly

The day had dawned and the flag was hoisted
Pomp and show followed, banners were posted
But I didn’t get a grain of rice, even though I tried
And I watched, as of starvation, my brothers died

The day had dawned, and we’re independent they said
Free from the clutches of an anarchist figure head
But why am not free from this destitution
What did I get from freedom, or a new constitution?

Should I believe the hollow words of the proponents of this theory?
For their words are like icing on an undemocratic pastry
Or should I look around and trust what I see
Not a drop of water, not a standing tree

Look at the sky, God! Has the day dawned?
Look around you, and wave your magic wand
Rid the world of sorrow, set things right
Because for the little child, it isn’t dawn, it is still night

Copyright © Manoj Kumar

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  1. Date: 11/10/2010 11:42:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry making it through the first round of the Poetrysoup site contest Manoj. The best to you in the finals. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/9/2010 8:17:00 AM
    Sir, awesome... dark alright, but dark for a reason.. the last line is so smooth , u hear them and then before you know it, they have sunk in so much that you have lost sight of them and only the feelings that have been thrown up remain.. Congratulations...

  1. Date: 10/21/2010 8:03:00 AM
    MANOJ, hello & Congratulations! On your awesome & well done poem being featured this week: ) have a nice one,..p.d.

  1. Date: 10/19/2010 10:19:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved poetry being featured this week Manoj. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/17/2010 6:02:00 PM
    Congratulations Manoj, on youyr worthy poem being featured this week. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 3/30/2010 10:32:00 AM
    I am scared of reading your poems if you keep writing like this..The words go much deeper than I would want them to. Thats ample proof of the calibre of your poem, Sir! Like in Hotel California- some dance to remember, some dance to forget.. I write to forget, and you make me remember..! I like it. Its honest, searingly searching and pl let me read more poems like this.I want to do it cos I think I am afraid of it.. Strange... your poem does hold up a mirror to the self inside.