February 23, 2006

Sectarian violence: an introspection

My brother, first, I attack your shrine
Then you take revenge by attacking mine
And for all our trouble
Our land is turning to rubble
Of civil war there’s now a sure-shot sign!

Let’s introspect in this aftermath.
Have we somewhere forgotten our path?
What is our goal?
What’s scorching our soul?
Where are we heading with this sectarian wrath?

Telegraph.co.uk 23/02/06: Iraq was pushed closer to all-out civil war yesterday after the destruction of the dome of one of Shia Islam's four holiest shrines sent tens of thousands into the streets and set off a wave of revenge attacks on Sunni mosques.

Cross-posted on Desicritics


  1. hey. i follow your blog with a great deal of enjoyment. am getting round to linking to it, finally!
    keep up the rhyming. it is very rare to find poets who can reflect on their times and political events with such a light hand.

  2. Hi Annie, am glad you enjoy the posts...I sure love writing them!

    Do keep visiting and yes, thanks for the link :-)

  3. discovered you on DC recently...like your newsmericks :)

    will add you to my blog



  4. Anonymous1:20 AM

    Aparna, these are really brilliant!!!!


  5. Wow - your blog rocks - came here thanks to Ms. Zaidi's post - great stuff.

  6. Excellent.

    Yeah me too wouldn't ever find out what's so "civil" about "war" anyway.

  7. Thank you all for your encouragement. Means a lot to me. Do keep visiting :-))

  8. this one was a sensitive theme. why leave with questions, when the answers are needed the most?

    lets walk with your hand in mine
    this way brotherhood will gain
    in a future so bright
    country can take pride
    this journey will not be in vain

  9. Liked your thoughts Bharat!

  10. Anonymous9:39 AM

    Your limmerick on "Swift Justice"

    Your toast and "three cheers"
    confirm my worst fears
    of justice delayed, justice denied
    and thus my heart cried
    for cases languishing for years....