Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Viva Chavez


Coutesy: MAINSTREAM, VOL LI, NO 12, MARCH 9, 2013

You looked the bully in the eye,
And called his bluff,
Till millions rose around you
To say enough is enough.
You spoke to them of the things
That were all their own;
Till they said, lead us, brother Chavez,
And we will not relent till we are done.
You sat in the middle of the hoi polloi
And made your best decisions there;
You recounted the truth of oppressions,
Till every labouring one was clear
How the eagle had to be stopped
From marauding at will,
And how a million sparrows had to rise
To deny its wanton fill.
More than the oil and the miracles
Of well being you wrought with it,
It was what you taught a continent
About the ravages of a complicit
History that made the trampled
Sheaves of human grain stand,
Forging that undefeatable clarity of mind,
Which alone makes a revolutionary band.
You went far too early, brother Chavez,
Although your work shall leave us basking
In the common tasks of coming days.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

To Chavez

 By Ashutosh Mohan

Away, away
Deep down south
He succumbs to nature
The masses forlorn.

Who’ll call a devil
The Devil
Use wealth to comfort
The evil.

Let not silences mourn thee
O friend unto the last
A thousand hidden flowers
By mossy stones
In a volley of protest
Pour into the
Valley of unrest.

Then let the truth
Rise’n bloom
In a collective

For, the fight live on

They thought we’ve
Laid you
To rest.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Goodbye Chavez

By Navtej Bharati

To millions in Venezuela their
sun set earlier today. Never
to rise tomorrow or the day after.

I stand here with them saying
final farewell.
Wipe your eyes my friends.
If stretched long goodbyes
become painful.
We have to fire up the hearth
and bake bread for dinner.