When darkness swells
In the dead of the night,
And an eerie silence hangs in the air,
I see that enormous Creature crawling,
Monstrously, inch by inch, towards me!
It’s dangerous for sure;
I can sense the venom in its tongue,
The fire in its eyes,
The strength in its sinews!
It is more dangerous
Than what probably Yeats had seen!
Like the embodiment of Leviathan,
Or the huge Atlas, it comes
Unhindered in its purpose, ruthlessly
Fluttering the shining sword,
Grinding it’s jaws with bitter rage!
As the distance dwindles, I fear
The size and the enormity,
A hundred dinosaurs fused into one,
Desperate to destroy the world.
I swallow a gulp and nervously ask,
“Who are you, O Monster?
What do you want?”
The deadpan face engenders a smile,
A brutal smile, when He chuckles,
“I am War, my friend. I’ll efface everything.”
© Debasish Mishra
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