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To those we know little of
Save their death and graveless exit
To those who wanted to say words
But their tongues, castrated by grief
When their kinsmen fell to the paws of bomb.
To those who loved to tell tales
Of a kingdom and its glittering boon
Of how valiant each man fought
When death clutched her talons.
To those we cannot bury
As their grenade-shredded bodies
Defied the courtesy of proper burial
After raiders up-north saw a reason to plunder.
To those who cared to watched
And failed to let fear benumb;
And the most valiant of them:
Those who swore to die for truth
And marched without swords nor caution
But returned unscathed in truth and zeal
Though lie rears its fangs of filth.
To those who cleared the endless debris
And sifted the dead from the dying;
Those dying from they, a carngae to flee
Feigned death and hid in a hoard of blood:
To them who the stink of death
Will not their thoroughness maim.
Woe betides if my lines won’t laud
The bravest in the realm:
Those who wielded weaker weapons
Yet, their mettle is short of frailty
Who would march jungles, bramble and dirt
Crawl through the belly of peril
If only death must get its due
Yes, by the sweet shrieks of slaughtered fiends
Who their cozy cribs leave behind
For the chill of cost-less trenches.
My Muse will not fail to laud them
Who bereft of learnings, learned to kill
A people opposed to their creed;
And the fence-sitters who loved only their farms
But silence exudes the best oration
And a million parable seasoned with wits
That life bests the vastest wealth or the fattest faith.
To those who traded wisdom for courage
And wore beads of explosives on their waist
To lay barns and homes to ruin and waste
For by evil, virtue is extolled
In their sheer folly yet steeped in hope
Of a better realm, obeyed the master’s voice
To those bereft of home found a home
In the corridors of null creeds that numb conscience
And emerged harbingers of Hades
Who less of teachings save the falsest of all
Have taught us to love and our lives treasure.