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2008: Lest We Forget

A cruel time this was, the year of 2007

An unholy mix of hell and heaven

America target Somalia in January

No respite for Darfur in February

Ides of March sanctions Iran Civilians

In April, 200 killed by US-Iraqi militants

Lebanese die in dozens during May clashes

Come June, Israeli prez free of rape charges

India enslaved in US nuclear umbrella in July

August on, more power to American wire spy

Germany joins so-called terror war in September

Blackwater guilty of civilian murders in October

Suicide bombing in November’s Afghanistan

December marks post-Bhutto rioting in Pakistan

Where’s heaven, my friend, if you are curious to find

–In the name of God, we maimed the human kind


– Saswat Pattanayak, Peoples’ Poet

Filed under: Poetry


Saswat Pattanayak is a radical journalist, blogger, poet, photographer, atheist, third-wave feminist, black power comrade, LGBTQIA ally, and an academic non-elite. Based in New York City, he hails from Tigiria, Orissa, India.

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