Scenes of death

Scenes of death

When, during their invasion

deceit and magical scenes of malice

arose with the smoke,

The word mutated.

Idols were shattered.

Life lost its essence.

The doctor, who amputates without anaesthesia

the shrapnel-filled hands

of a two-and-a-half-year-old child,

is a god at this moment.

Her screaming mother,

with tearless eyes

is a demon.

Excerpted from Waking is Another Dream: Poems on the Genocide in Eelam, edited by Ravikumar.

Cheran is a major Tamil poet and playwright who has published seven anthologies of poetry in Tamil.

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