Gaza burning

Gaza burns bright day/night, sans any succor,

While the world debates on and on,

The TV captures the sound-bytes;

It is a place where every poetic heart bleeds

For the young, the sick and the hapless ones

Condemned to die by screaming missiles

Dead on targets inside/outside homes/hospitals,

The pixs look so familiar in a hate-filled world,

The wounded cry out in pain, while the dead, disfigured

And bloodied, are beyond that human threshold and crossed to

A different world where perhaps, peace and love and light prevail;

Their suffering is over but the living suffer the pangs of loss and

Life-long mourning, while the depraved celebrate on both sides

Of divide, thus stoking fires of hatred via their mad laughter

And eyes crazed;

The fight will erupt somewhere else and another cleansing will

Take place, bombs will go off and murder and mayhem will be staged

Till every human that carries a bit of poison inside cleanses that;

Till that moment is realized and peace becomes a mindset

And is permanent,

Each fresh victim is part Gaza and part Israel,

And in the theater of war, it is innocence that gets finally killed.


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About Sunil Sharma

Sunil Sharma is Mumbai-based senior academic, critic, literary editor and author with 22 published books: Seven collections of poetry; three of short fiction; one novel; a critical study of the novel, and, eight joint anthologies on prose, poetry and criticism, and, one joint poetry collection. He is a recipient of the UK-based Destiny Poets’ inaugural Poet of the Year award---2012. His poems were published in the prestigious UN project: Happiness: The Delight-Tree: An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry, in the year 2015. Sunil edits the English section of the monthly bilingual journal Setu published from Pittsburgh, USA: For more details, please visit the blog:

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  1. Lopa Banerjee

    What a beautiful poem that ached with empathy and love!! The details were mind-numbingly beautiful and timeless. I thank you whole-heartedly for writing this.



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