I heard the crackers bursting during midnight hours,
by Indranil Bhaduri
They said, I was free..
The beautiful moment to be cherished
And to be celebrated everywhere!
The grandeur all around engulfed my soul,
With flags proudly fluttering in the darkness,
And bugle sounds boasting with their majestic expressions..
I smiled and put my hands up..
Chanting the patriotic hymns
And the other me inside, shrieked and screamed!
I felt drowning myself into deep ocean waters,
As the inner spirit wondered,
What was freedom all about…..
Was it liberty from anarchy?
Or was it peace all around..
Could the whole world smile with the morning sunshine?
Or did brotherhood prevail within mankind!
Had oppression been subdued
And we yelled with deepest joy?
Or was it equal thoughts
For you, me and all of them,
Eating, living, loving happily ever after?
No gunshots and missiles reigning now
And we all could light up the torch of liberty together?
Suddenly I heard another loud blast nearby,
Thereby shattering my scattered fantasy,
And escaped from the grasp of death in the ocean-bed!
It was dawn…
I knew, I wished,
Dreams of dawn could turn real..
And waited since then, and still on and on…
My blurred vision looking for true freedom..
To rejoice on the special day of independence,
My wounded heart and soul,
Longing for its advent,
Copyright © 2012 Indranil Bhaduri