Who Did It?

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[This poem is written in response to the current COVID-19 crisis, and the targeted killings following the introduction of the Citizenship Amendment Act.]

The call of the lapwing sounds at night, “who did it!”

On which detection must we alight, “who did it?”

 

The whole town was witness to the crime, nonetheless,

the haakim forces the victim: “write—who did it!”

 

A plague is afoot sifting through humanity,

Who spread it? Where’d it come?—Isn’t it trite: who did it?

 

Where we go from here may scream to the skies

of the bravery of all those who fight who did it.

 

Nature’s self-correction, the sins of the fathers,

Did a god will this to set aright who did it?

 

I am drunk on wine, and they are on power,

Who’ll adjudge who is wrong, who is right, who did it?

 

The rich live in isolation in large bungalows,

Abdul who built that house must fight who did it.

 

Deserts of loneliness, and ghettoes and camps,

Who put them there and set them alight, who did it?

 

Birds still chirp, humour persists, there’s laughter, oh, Maaz,

Do not write poetry from pain to spite who did it.

haakim: ruler, judge, master, chief.

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Updated On : 5th Apr, 2020

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