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FLYING DOVES

submitted by Madan G. Gandhi on 19..2004 at 16:23:32

FLYING DOVES

The flying doves
flag off warheads;
hurl thunderbolts,
wrapped in love balloons,
on neighbours’ roofs.

Dismantle a wall,
dig afresh
trenches of hate,
lay mines
on sea and the ground
to launch an offensive,
to avenge the wrongs of history,
to redraw boundaries,
to retrieve what was lost
to a treacherous king
in days of yore.

Advance in defence,
clear the battle zones
of all marauders,
to negotiate peace
from a point of strength.

Distrust
who practise double-talk
from their forts of hate,
cheat the gullible folk
with pleas of peace.

Dagger-in-cloak solutions—
for making the world safe
for everyone,
for enduring justice
for removing the threat of WMD
by unilateral preemptive interventions.

Score conclusive victory,
with death of millions
in one swift strike,
to make the world free
for democracy.

Litter it with
broken limbs,
shattered hopes,
ruined lives,
maimed and dead
rotting in heaps—
their way!



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