Sonnet Mondal, 10/12

Time in front of the Bore Hole

Foothold falters near the
borehole hiding
a hysterical cloud of armed citizen.

Ashes of inspiring forerunners
still hot in valour
cleared by moving spades
break the dam of toleration
of wives and children
into traumatic sobs.

The borehole unleashes the beasts
inside thousand men
squeezing outside reform and
run as wolves in a land barren
of other creatures.

Ages pass by
and they feed on each other
(death just an accident)

with relatives lying in one heap
and borehole blowing fire
to create another lot of ashes

for my feet to tremble
and labour clearing another era.



Iran 1980

Forgotten martyrs of war
crushed under repeated strikes
lay frozen behind the photo
of Iran 1980…

Behind the Iranian emblem
of Khorramshahr
carnivorous tanks
like a spitting cobra
shoot out venom to
mark the doom of another empire.

Evolution paused by a bullet rain
unleashes the midnight shiver
to crawl, brawl and ruin
genders without discrimination.

The meaning of celebration
was occasional smiles
featuring burnt teeth
exposing blackened tongue
which can no more crack jokes
but scream
in rivalry with roaring fires.

A rough picture caves in history
like scavengers eating inside the motionless
backdrop of a vain triumph.

*Khorramshahr: City in Iran




Sonnet Mondal is an award winning bestselling Indian English poet and has authored eight books of poetry. He was bestowed Poet Laureate from Bombadil Publishing, Sweden in 2009. His works have appeared in several international literary publications including The Macedonian Stremez, The Penguin Review( Youngstown State University), Two Thirds North (Stockholm University), International Gallerie, The Journal(Poetry Society of India), World Poets Quarterly, The Journal of Poetry Society of India, Holler( Princeton Poetry Project), Friction Magazine (New Castle University), Foliate Oak Journal( University of Arkanas) and Other Voices Poetry Project(endorsed by UNESCO) to name a few. He was inducted in the prestigious Significant Achievements Plaque at the museum of Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur in 2011, nominated for Pushcart Prize in 2011 and was featured as one of the Famous Five of Bengali youths by India Today magazine in 2010. Sonnet is the pioneer of the 21 line Fusion Sonnet form of Poetry. At present he is the managing Editor in Chief of The Enchanting Verses Literary Review, Editor ofBest Poems Encyclopedia, Poetry Editor of The Abandoned Towers Magazine and the Sub Secretary General of Poetas Del Mundo.

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