Forty Caskets by Sujil Chandra Bose


In the name of a god and a sundry land

We were butchered to ashes and bones

Strapped and praying hard

Sometimes in the cover of darkness

And even on a high street under light

They visit us in our sleep

And when we are unarmed

Today they drove strife into us forty

Didn’t know a single one of us or our kin

With only our kith to pray for us

We stood guard for a million breaths

And only to lose it midway, we ride


How long do they think they can?

How do you think they would win?

A losing battle where only numbers count

No table to sit across like men and talk

When loud splinters silenced sane voices

They make widows with no faces.

What did he want today? Virgins and a high life

In a place where none has been before

When he played poetry with the trigger

His persistent fingers, did they tremble?

For they know not that their prayers

Turn heaven into hell right here


All in the name of a god they haven’t met

And will never, till darkness cease

Forty caskets with dreams lay there

Clothed in pride and national colors

When the bugles blow their ends into thin air

Orphan mourns would surge in silence

Those who came scaling the walls

Spelling doom and darkness around

And them who fended them in secret guise

Did they know the lights they blew out

Would have burnt for a lifetime

And borne many lives and happy times


We are a land that never crossed the line

Never stole but gave in plenty to whoever drove in

Garbed in plain or in grandeur, we took them all in

A space we granted them in our hearts

Our flags never stood to burden their places

Nor did we burn their shrines in the fervor

Why does such anger walk in prayers?

When the forty homes turn into forts of grief

You would know your efforts are in vain

Every tear that falls tomorrow

Would bring back a thousand cries in valor

Be scared for no mercy would meet you again

Till thy fortress smoke up and kingdom fall.

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