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Issue 30, July 31, 2017
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AFTER THE PEOPLE’S WAR


I often wondered

What my fellow countrymen were doing,

So many of them, if not fighting a people’s war,

Every day, from sunrise to sunset, and beyond,

Hoping to keep their promises.  

But still some others said my country

Needed a People’s War, and they fought it

In my yard, without my permission.

 

I said my child had just fallen asleep,

Maybe she was dreaming right now,

Maybe she was slicing the moon-shaped cake

I’d promised her if she’d go to sleep

Into pieces to last her for the rest of her birthdays.

Still they said the country needed a People’s War,

That they fought in my yard, without my permission.

 

Today I hear they’re slicing the country

Into rags to bolster their ambition, while my daughter

Indicts me in her sleep for her aborted dream.

 

                                             —Khem K Aryal