Dunkirk

Time stretches

taut as

a drumskin,

each passing syllable

a vibrating membrane

with the,

longed for

hoped for

prayed for..

Time stretches

beyond the horizon

each immeasurable step

further from

the vanishing point

of the,

longed for

hoped for

prayed for..

Time stretches

until,

until,

looping in

on itself

deus ex machina

the longed for

the hoped for

the prayed for..

Deliverance

FOOTNOTE:
In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. At the end of this heroic mission, 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were safely evacuated.

6 thoughts on “Dunkirk

  1. Santosh

    Yes , indeed , so real … we just wait for the time of deliverance .. we live on …waiting ..So well penned .

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  2. VijayNair

    The poem successfully captures the mood and mindset of the soldiers during the strategic retreat at Dunkirk.

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  3. Sunil Sharma

    A succinct free-verse response to an intelligent and commercially successful Hollywood movie—kind of rich interface between cinema and poetry done by an expert with social conscience; a smart convergence of artistic POVs looking at grim and dehumanizing realities of nations at war; heroism; nationalism and ordinary lives caught in the rhetoric and meshing matrix of mutually competing ideologies that finally cancel out each other in the theater of war everywhere, resulting in casualties of epic scale; avoidable tragedies and gigantic human losses.
    Of individuals pitted against states, madness, death and mayhem—and of finding sanity in a most insane front—the battle zone strafed by bombs and bullets; a hell created and perpetuated singly for imperialist order.
    Kudos—Louis Kasatkin for making poetry political, biting and relevant rather than inward-looking, formal, syntax-obsessed and narcissistic found in social spaces these days.

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