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Courage And Strength

written by: Moinak Dutta

 

Courage

It is like a lone word
Taken out of a passage
And kept in front of guns,
Where it blooms like a rose,

It is like that smile
Which Julius Fučík
Carried all through
In his 'notes from the gallows',

Or like that girl perhaps
Who after being raped
Walked into the fields of sunflowers.

 

Strength

'what from you got your strength?'
Asked the wrestler once
He showed me his muscles,

Then found how a man could win over him,
Using a gun,

Then found that gun-totting man
crying one day,

'what happened? You are the strongest one, you got a gun!'
I remarked,

'no use of it now, I lost my daughter'
He cried profuse,

And was about to pull the trigger
Over his head,

I took great courage
To take away that thing,
So horrible and heavy!

And he just held me in a tight embrace
Clutching my shirt,
And cried so hard
That I thought his tears
Wetting my shirt,
Reached my heart,

Then I thought
Strength lies there
Actually,

Right there
When tears wetting our shirts
Reach our hearts.

Moinak Dutta

Moinak Dutta

Born on 5th of September, 1977, he has been writing poems and stories from school days. Done postgraduation in English. Presently engaged as a teacher of English. Many of his poems and stories are published in national and international anthologies and magazines and also dailies including 'The Statesman' (kolkata edition), 'World Peace Poetry anthology' (United Nations), 'Setu', 'The Indian Periodical' 'Pangolin Review' 'Tuck Magazine' 'Duane's Poetree', 'Tell me your story' (literary and travel magazine), 'The Literary Fairy Tales' 'Defiant Dreams' (a collection of stories on women empowerment published by Readomania, New Delhi), etc;
Loves to do photography apart from listening to music and watching films and traveling.
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