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Mainstream, VOL LVII No 20 New Delhi May 4, 2019

Rebuilding

Sunday 5 May 2019

‘Little Boy’, ‘Fat Man’:
have you ever heard of them?
Do they sound like toys:
a kind of gadgets in hands?

Look down the memory lane;
they typify human ingenuity,
pushing to the blur of periphery
its face of love, compassion.

Anniversaries are observed,
apologies tendered. Yet,
missiles fly across the globe;
genocides continue unabated

Displaced trains of humanity
treading long uncertain way
strive for rebuilding, skirting
vicissitudes of war, destruction.

A.K. Das

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