The Boat People

Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar- picture credit, Internetimages

Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar: picture courtesy, internet images



The Boat People

the shores are unreachable

the sea cannot sustain them

men, women and children

crammed in rickety boats

they sail, the boat people

hoping to anchor themselves 

between the shore and a dark life ?

we group ourselves as them, and us

who are they, and who are we ?

we draw inhuman boundaries:

countries are pressured by economics

people are controlled by politics

they- are rundown by fate

how long will they float ?

Buddhists renounced their tenets

champions of human rights

have drawn a line of silence

welcomed, but with contempt

nations have turned their back

no one wants the boat people

humanism has sunk deep

to the bottom of the sea

maybe they will too….

~ Aparna Reddy

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The Rohingya Crisis in Burma:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/05/15/407048785/why-no-one-wants-the-rohingyas

 

 

Memory

  

a winding road, 

a moving car,

and a fugitive cloud 


with an impulse 

to capture that 

passing moment  


in a quiet corner

I make memories

much in silence 


~ Aparna Reddy

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Satori 

 Satori in Progress

somewhere between 
the known and unknown 
a strange goodbye

sometime amidst
a dream and awakening 
a rekindled spark

thoughts traveling 
far-come home again
with no regrets 

unspoken words
settle into the corridors 
of contemplation 

I sit and smile
enjoying each moment 
as it swirls by

~ Aparna Reddy

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All Lives Matter

All Lives Matter:

If you are black,

you are at risk

if you are a shade darker 

than a brown paper bag

you too are next in line,

to be frisked 

by men in blue,

don’t be naïve 

and think you are safe

even if you are dapperly dressed

in your “good” neighborhood 

yes, you are a threat too

if you are a shade darker

than a brown paper bag

in your “good” neighborhood

“that boy was six foot tall”

“that man started to run”

“that boy reached into his pockets”

“that man was selling cigarettes on the sidewalk”

“this man was walking on the sidewalk”

no excuses work well 

when the system 

is bigoted as hell

now do you want to be

an apologist for ruthlessness 

and align with a shade of color?

Don’t all lives matter?

~ Aparna Reddy

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To Hyderabad with Love

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To Hyderabad with Love:

Oh Hyderabad,
the land of the laid back
your antique grace
still imbued in my heart

your mohallas albeit old
you carry a dignified charm
your gullies are narrow- yet
you have many enchanted

from Charminar to Osmania
my memories so entrenched
how can I ever forget your
decadent cultural heritage

the aroma of biryani of course
wafting through my mind
how can I not drool now
recalling the best I’ve ever eaten!

Ah! Hyderabad you bring
memories delicately wrapped
Sigh! dreamily thinking about you
as I sip my malai laced chai.

~ Aparna Reddy

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Potential

Life
makes us
what we are,
an opportune moment
awaits to reveal what we potentially
can be: eloquent, audacious or ingenious.

~ Aparna

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