POETRY:  Shame

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


I should be ashamed

of raising issues that divide

-they say.

But how can I forget

those they killed

mutilated and those they left

still hiding their nakedness .

I will shout from the rooftops

make memorials of poems

I will draw from the eyes

of the killers

not blood, but tears.

Ashok Gupta, October 2007, Vadodara Gujarat