Abhinandan – A Tribute to a Soldier

We congratulate you
as your name deserves
for chasing the enemies
Your good Varthaman* (rumour)
has spread far and wide.
Though you were shot down
and had to eject to safety
and wounded, are now in custody
we know your bravery
is rewarded
by our anxiety
for your safe return
to us, and your loved ones.
For from the ground it is easy
for fools to strut around naked, dressed only in words, and digress
to talk war and defence, and offence, as strategy
but for you it is no social media joke
but grim reality.
May the Almighty 
bring you back safely
reward you fittingly
and give you fit recompence
while others speak of vengeance
and all such triviality.
May you be kept safe
and brought back to the bosom of your country
our home
well and hale
to tell the story
to our children
and grandchildren
that they may not be fooled
by civilian prating
but take to heart
that some things are worth defending
living for 
fighting for
dying for, if necessary
like our freedom
and long lasting

*Abhinandan means to congratulate.
*Using it instead of Varthamanam here as its abbreviation

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Dr A.V. Koshy is presently working as Assistant Professor in Dept. of English, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Jazan University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He has authored or co-authored seven or eight books of poetry, theory and criticism. He is an editor and anthologist. He is also a distinguished teacher of the English language and literature and a critic, with a Ph.D in modern poetry, specifically Samuel Beckett's poems in English. He was a Pushcart Prize nominee for poetry in 2012 and his book Art of Poetry was selected as Best Reads 2012 by Butterfly and the Bee. He has been editor's pick on Camel Saloon thrice and poet of the month thrice in Destiny Poets UK besides often having his poems appear in the highly selected category. Has other international awards, diplomas and certificates to his credit too.

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