image_print

Hemant Bawankar

Tragedy of Humanity

(34 years ago in the night of December 2-3, 1984, MIC gas was leaked from the Union Carbide, Bhopal. My poem is a tribute to all those people who lost their life in this incident.  This poem has been cited from my book “The Variegated Life of Emotional Hearts”.)

I heard that

in unknown nations

unknown human beings were

knowingly or unknowingly

burnt alive

killed in gas chambers

burnt in radiation…..

 

Since then

our humanity

has been lost in space

and slept in vain.

 

Remember those moments

when MIC1 was leaked

from a pesticide factory

in that dark night

when

the entire world was sleeping

and

an innocent child was weeping

embraced by

the poisonous gas

in the dead mother’s lap.

 

A youth

just slept

taking his last breath

on a nearby road

who was blessed

for longevity

by an astrologer.

 

Alas!

That innocent child…. and

so-called long-lived youth

are the sign of

thousands of dead human beings.

On that night

black or white

rich or poor

and

beyond the definition of racism

were not running

but,

entire humanity

was running.

 

Those

who smelled MIC1

slept with last breath

and

those who could not…

they are sick

and

approaching to slow death

with the side effect.

 

We can only remember

their souls

in anniversaries

of such tragedies

that is becoming

the dark side of

the humanity

the history.

  1. MIC – Methyl Isocyanate.

© Hemant Bawankar

image_print
0 0 votes
Article Rating

Please share your Post !

Shares
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
2 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Shantilal Jain

Nice poem.