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    Alfa Zareena Hisham

    December 13, 2017

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    A red stream of words cascaded along the screen
    announcing your untimely grim departure
    Your lifeless body splayed across the steps
    haunting every pair of eyes.

    I cannot help but wonder,
    Did you smell death lurking in the darkness of your porch
    Or did it spring upon you like the weather of Bangalore
    unpredictable and sometimes unforgiving

    Did you have debates which had to be discussed,
    And conversations to be continued?
    Thoughts which had to be penned
    And ideas to be executed?

    All orphaned by some thirsty metal pellets

    Though your fight lay abandoned in some desolate road
    Along with your father's and the ones before him,
    They were fools to think that ideas could be killed by bullets
    And words could be silenced by swords

    For more Gauris will be kindled from the smoldering embers of your spirit
    Moulded from fire, armed with pens.


    Alfa Zareena Hisham works as software engineer in Johnson Controls, Bangalore. She has also contributed to magazines such as Yathra, special issues of Khaleej Times, Thurday(Oman) and independant online newspapers such as IEMalayalam.

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