POETRY EDITOR ANANYA S GUHA’S NOTE: Sushmita Baruah’s poems critique a humanity that has forgotten the essential values of life and humanity and how to preserve them. From Syria to generalized views on mankind her poems are socially relevant.
The Purple Haze
On a cold winter morning in the woods
she wakes up in her usual gleeful mood
takes on the horses for their daily graze
soon to be a victim in this urban maze!
Vagary came in a sham,
not of nature but a monster’s clan
the brutal act of savagery,
her piercing eyes cannot lie
the day humanity was to die.
Heinous and dastardly crime;
amidst deities in your holy shrine
the demons hath their plot
not fearing their own god!
Whilst still in that holy abode;
tender purple crushed before the blossom
Death! could you have been less gruesome?
Her father called aloud in dismay
the horses had the loudest neigh,
little bud could not see the light of the day.
the radicals against the fringe
seems to be ever widening
no way of protecting,
but stealthily suppressed
inside the womb and once out
beneath the political clout
tradition and culture once eulogized
Is a nation that is grossly polarized.
While the feeble laws are stifling
Humanity is unabatedly bleeding
Faith is to come together not to part
Crime has no religion, community or caste.
Ashamed, appalled, outraged and helpless
Most of us still in a daze
Cannot seem to see through the Purple Haze!
(In memory of the horrific gang rape and murder of a 8 year old child which has shocked the entire country of India. Bloodcurdling and heartrending to say the least, this is a slur on humanity . )
A note to thyself when words fail
a past that haunts, still holds a trail
a split second but a cruel lapse
not of deceit but an instance of how thoughts collapse.
The feelings of a stoic,
conscience crushed to guilt
a moment that had the last bean spilt.
A state of bewilderment while unmasking,
familiar faces in the guise of demons,
a life of remorse confessing to moral sermons.
I am at sixes and seven,
patches in life seem so uneven.
serendipity by a stroke of luck
pursuit of happiness is where I am stuck!
Bruised and scarred,
in the ears the thoughts are jarred
wake up in a daze to my dismay,
I describe my life in a brief soliloquy
The contrite ! they say.
Contemptuous and disdainful
a life of damnation !
deemed superficial and pretentious,
yet the indignation to be righteous,
she clings to her conviction
her only path to salvation.
Sushmita Baruah is a working professional currently working with Wipro Technologies, Delhi. Poetry is her passion and so is reading, and travelling across the globe. She has been closely associated with the Personality Development & Grooming Sessions for Corporates as well as in the Fashion Industry in Guwahati.