Death Knell

a poem by Sailaja Dwarsala, India

Destiny drove them to distant lands
Leaving behind their near and dear
Eyes brimming up with dreams
Hopes of earning rocketing higher
They sweated and fretted and fumed
The luring future is the only comfort assumed
When all at once they'r squeezed into
the whirl of Corona
Bewildered and shattered and fled
Desperate to reach their root
No buses no trains except their foot
Walked and walked and walked
Lied down on the death track collapsed
Deaf to the deafening death they slept
Crushed and scattered all in dismay
Left the world unnoticed just as they
A little clamor and a few nonchalant comments
That's all they achieved as a final respite.
Hail the Hypocrisy! Thou art great!

About the sad plight of migrant laborers in India caused by the pandemic Covid 19.

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