The kite of the smoky chinars is not a symbol
The rose has migrated from the garden of paradise
Freedom will never come
Poured into goblets waiting to be raised
Martyrdom is a handout from god the hagiographer.
Only poetry of ruins is real.
The dumb rose still blooms
From some beloved breast torn open.
Robin S Ngangom
26 May 2007
Robin S Ngangom is one of the major Indian poets writing in English today. He is based in Shillong and also writes in Meitei.