POETRY:  Run Amina Run

Ashok Gupta

Posted Dec 14, 2007      •Permalink      • Printer-Friendly Version
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In memory of the 2000 men women and children killed in the state led genocide of Gujarat in 2002, and the 200,000 who lost their homes and dignity

Run Amina Run

The dead are never at rest, especially at night

Sometimes, I hear him moving upstairs

bolting doors, moving furniture

against the doors to make a barricade

I cannot sleep

Other days there is a heavy silence

Orange silence with only a crackling sound

and an acrid smell

Suddenly he cries out aloud

Run Amina Run!

I tell him that the crowds have gone

years ago

I no longer hurt

and he is dead

but he keeps screaming

They are coming !

Run Amina Run !

Ashok Gupta, October 2007, Vadodara Gujarat