Death that shook the world

Death that shook the world
Innocence got crucified
On the altar of unbridled lust,
The product of a society
That unleashes multiple desires that
Cannot be always fulfilled,
In a culture where body is
Commoditized and everybody is a
Hungry consumer,
Looking for instant gratification,
Greed is everywhere,
And, sadly,
Zero is human worth;
The female of the species is to be used,
Brutalized by the thugs, not afraid of the
Civil society, as they are a law unto themselves,
The death untimely of Damini,
The gang rape-victim,
A tender woman who bitterly fought to live
In a most callous system—power/money-driven,
An ordinary young with aspirations and dreams
To better her life and of others,
In her family in feudal village,
Denied her dreams and assaulted by drunk demons,
Resisted the hooded death, hovering in the grey
Borderland, and a nation was on tenterhooks,
The brilliant woman fought
Finally gave up before the dark, grim Reaper,
Her tragic death,
Like the immolation of the Yemeni man
In 2010 December,
Has awakened a slumbering civilization,
And, like the Arab Revolution,
India, too, awaits its own revolution
And a fragrant Spring!

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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 website:

2 thoughts on “Death that shook the world

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    It is ever the calling of poets,of sufficient calibre for weighty themes cannot be lightly addressed,that an authentic and valid response be drafted and a moral counterpoint be articulated via the artistic medium of one’s creative vocation.This poem is such a response;reason in the face of insanity.

  2. sunil sharma

    As usual, the response is more weighty and better than the post.
    I learn a lot by reading your comments, Louis. Thanks for such encyclopedic observations that reveal your scholarship…a limitless sky for mortals like us.

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