The listless despondency i
Her comrade half turned dim eyes far into the future
The arm of support invi
Fragile fingers resting
on frail shoulders
The linen shirt collar jostle
Frayed and faded
black irises unfathomable
Clusters of brown curls
Frame an unknown nascent innocence
Bold lips silent taught
to obey commands
Gunfire and guerrilla warfare cohabit wi
Adolescent dreams turn fast into
© Sutapa Chaudhuri
*This poem is inspired by the photo of a 14-year-old child soldier who was photographed with the ©Farc in 2000.
A bilingual poet, translator and an academic, Sutapa Chaudhuri, PhD, teaches English at a college near Kolkata, India. She has two collections of poetry —Broken Rhapsodies (2011) and Touching Nadir (2014).
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