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Mainstream, VOL LIX No 28, New Delhi, June 26, 2021

Breathe For India | S Maria Reagan

Friday 25 June 2021, by S. Maria Reagan

It’s autumn
Human lives will spill
It’s autumn.

Who to write for? : For those who died this morning?
Who to write for? : For those who are going to die every morning?
Who to write for? : For those who wander for oxygen?
Who to write for? : A woman carrying her dead husband on her lap and crying?
Who to write for? : For people who put a damp cloth on their stomach?
Who to write for? : For useless government?
Who to write for? : For The begging politician?

The noise of death is everywhere.
- At the park block
- At the sound of the ambulance
- In TV news
- On social websites
I saw poetry in the eyes of the dead.
A little girl hugs a toy and dies;
The national flag lies corpse on her chest.
The boy who played Iron Man Patel in 2018
In 2021 he is struggling to breathe.
Grandfather who gave candy for Independence Day regularly
throughout the year
The suffocating ICU swings in bed.
Through the cremated corpse a man asks:
“A nation that cannot produce an oxygen cylinder
How is it going to give the citizens the air of freedom? "

It’s autumn
Human lives will spill
It’s autumn. - But,

It’s easy for you to pick the torch in dark life.
Fight to breathe Fight to breathe India ....

— S Maria Reagan, June 19, 2021

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