By K Sheshu Babu
A caged bird sings All the birds thronged To hear the songs of this bird Which inspired Them because these songs were Intertwined with oppressed peoples' lives. The caged bird sang of freedom and liberty Nature and its beauty, Various forms of struggles In Jharkhand hilly and forest areas. Some vultures were nervous, Implicated this bird with false charges Imprisoned in a cage, tortured, Questioned and assaulted Till it lost its physical strength to fight But had the mental strength and 'might' To face the situation till its last breath! The bird succumbed one day And became vultures' prey Leaving its admirers in sorrow Who dreamt of a 'better tomorrow'! Its songs still reverberate in the distant areas And the sharp voice stings Its detractors but all its friends and lovers Hum the tunes of this 'bard' with wet eyes Courageously march forward Without looking ' backward! (For Fr. Stan Swamy and Jiten Marandi, folk singer of Jharkhand, who was a member of Committee for release of political prisoners. Source: article published in Telugu monthly 'Vasanthamegham' Oct 1, 2021)
K Sheshu Babu is a writer from everywhere, heavily influenced by Assamese poet Bhupen Hazarika’s ‘ Ami Ek Jajabor’ (I am a wanderer). Some of his publications, including poems, have appeared in Countercurrents.org, Virasam, counterview.org, counterview.net, Leaves of Ink, Tuck magazine, Scarlet Leaf Review, poemhunter.com, Dissident Voice and Sabrangindia.
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