Shrieks of ghosts

 

Midnight cold-n-cruel unfolds

At the witching hour the moon

Hides her scarred oval face and disappears

Then the raging curs and December wind

Keep him awake in the well-lit apartment

At the 10th floor in the Vasant Enclave, a

Leafy suburb of New Delhi,

Where the wealthy and the powerful live;

A shriek is heard that congeals his blood

A loud terrifying shriek travelling up,

A woman calling out desperately:

Help! Help! Please help!

And loud footsteps are heard and

Muted cries and barbaric laughter

As if a pack of laughing hyenas is loosed

Upon a prey in the concrete jungle;

The nerd loses his peace and peers out

Into the brightly-lit alley outside the wall of

The gated community, well-secured and patrolled;

He finds no human figure out there!

But the shrieks are heard again-n-again

Rising in a crescendo that shatters the eardrums!

Next morning his hosts tell the geek an urban legend

Years ago a young working woman got murdered

After being raped by few thugs high on drugs;

The folks in the neighbourhood did nothing to

Help her, the poor object of combined male lust;

Since then, on dark nights, her ghost stalks the

Deserted narrow alley and raises hell by knocking

On each door that was once closed for pleading her!

The spectral presence slowly drove the scared

People to sell their flats to strangers but

The lonesome shrieks followed them

To their new homes everywhere.

Although rapes/murders have not stopped even after that

Gruesome episode of urban indifference, and,

The gleaming city of the flyovers and high-rises has turned into a graveyard of unburied and the revengeful female ghosts, demanding justice.

Why this ongoing nightmare? he asks.

Well, some can see such stalking ghosts but the governments cannot!

 

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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: http://www.setumag.com/p/setu-home.html For more details, please visit the blog: http://www.drsunilsharma.blogspot.in/

4 thoughts on “Shrieks of ghosts

  1. tapeshwar

    The shriek, coagulating blood in seminal feed; yet negating its due!
    Longer weapons deem its effectiveness for some, nullifying government concern.

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  2. Sarala Ramkamal

    On each door that was once closed to her pleading …. even ghost is sincere in their own way that they haunt only those… or even for ghosts it is a tedious job to haunt those in govt.. thought provoking write 🙂

    Reply

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