Vanishing gardens of West Bengal
your crop’s delight are sipped by all
India’s finest to offer, as tea perfume
savory tea with a lingering scent.
Withering corpses, stand to till your soil
as speculative owners, fatten their vaults
these owners have grafted from land and laborer
leaving shells of both, without any matter.
Indifferent government, turns a blind eye
workers now scurry, hoping not to die
perhaps to mine stones, amongst dry river beds
or maybe yet, into human traffic be led?
What can allow a heartless government
to rob a people of their pulse?
While business plunders all human worth
a desert grows of endless thirst.
© Baidha Fercoq
Excerpt form the book “Divided Lines – A Poet’s Stance”
Foreword . . .
In a world of ever increasing advances seemingly created to make our lives easier to manage, envisioned to bring us together, to draw us closer, we are still in many instances isolated and at odds and validly apart. Something is missing, there is a snag, a rip, a hole in the spiritual fabric that we all see; yet we continue to fail to address.
It has been said by self-proclaimed philosophers, theologians, scholars’ and politicians that the abuse of words can be a danger, there are those that believe words are a leading factor in what ills our society. Of this we do not deny in full, there have been abuses, history is but a melody to that fact, yet it is also true that words have the innate capacity to bridge, to heal that which divides.
Opinions, views, religions, nations, people, even love divides. The focus of this book and the poets here in, is to give breath to a wide range of issues both small and controversial that lie beneath the surface. Things that we are often hesitant to discuss. In saying that, I will offer that the role of a poet is not to persuade or to add more rhetoric to the static we hear. A poet’s responsibility is to shine the light of awareness, to create a platform for dialogue, for healing, to gather up the images in an attempt to understand what we see.
Demitri Tyler, Author
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