Akhilesh Mishra: Death in the Shadow of Hunger
Death in the Shadow of Hunger
When death has torn asunder the loveliest heart
And bursts the dam behind the eye-lids
Releasing a flood, tears of blood
The might of death looks supreme. Absolute. Invincible.
Hunger creeps in from nowhere like a tiny insect
And pulls the earth underneath the roaring monster
The battle of dominance over human destiny.
Hunger expands its spell all over,
and colors whole body and mind
in the shades of bread.
Like a howling tiger caged in the stomach,
Tears the heart moist with grief.
Empties the eyes of tears
Dries the soul out of woeful wail,
the laughter of merciless death.
Pain inflicted by death and all agents of death
pales beside the lethal sting of bread
Power of death fades away with time,
But the clutch of hunger
grows harder and sharper with
each ticking of the clock.
What is deadlier than death?
a stomach filled with hunger
or a mind unguarded by the shadow of hunger?
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