Taksim Park Cries

In the development-obsessed
Istanbul,
They angry Turks congregate
In millions now
For a different cause—
The Taksim Gezi Park,
The last of green lungs
For the about 14 million residents,
In the name of growth,
The elite want an old Ottoman-era
Military barracks and a mall,
By quickly demolishing the Gezi Park
And an agitated public, its own park,
The conflict escalates,
Tear gas cans and water cannon and canes
Charge, trying to suppress popular voice;
In this now-classic war between armed rulers
And the peaceful ruled, bereft of any arms,
Trees crystallize old discontents, suppression of rights,
It is same everywhere now—
The SEZs (Special Economic Zones) vs. the dwindling farms and trees,
Somebody wise must stand up and tell the blind/ deaf regimes
In such global hotspots:
If there won’t be the latter,
Even we won’t be, on a warming planet,
And your costly malls will become—
Upscale concrete mausoleums;
Hark!
Otherwise, more
Tahrir Squares to come!

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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/

1 thought on “Taksim Park Cries

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    ” Taksim Park Cries ” , is impassioned , no doubt , addressing as it does immediate concerns in a vibrant and visceral manner . However the latter part feels rushed ,even within the logic of the poem’s own immediacy , and whilst never less than consummately articulate ,the work’s impact would have been enhanced by a little judicious editing by applying the dictum that less really is more.

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