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Martyrdom

 

 

MARTYRDOM

I WAS NUMB WHEN THE TELEGRAM ARRIVED 
YOU WERE NO MORE
SNATCHED BY DEATH AT 22
I REMEMBER WHEN YOU WERE BORN
A SWEET LOAD OF LOVE
I REMEMBER WHEN YOU WENT TO SCHOOL
I REMEMBER WHEN YOU WERE COMMISSIONED 
EVERYONE CONGRATULATED;
BUT I HAD A DOUBT ‘IF YOU WERE TO DIE’ 
YOUR FRIENDS JOINED BANKS & BUSINESS HOUSES 
THEY ARE THERE
WHERE WILL THEY BE?
IF YOU WERE NOT THERE.
YOU WILL NOT GROW OLD ANY MORE
WE WILL REMEMBER YOU;
JUST 22 AND NO MORE.
I HOPE THE COUNTRY BENEFITS BY YOUR SACRIFICE A MOTHER’S LOVE AND FATHER’S PRIDE.

BY

COL. BHAGWAN CHANDRA SHUKLA ( 1928 to 2012 )  

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(Published in the Delhi Gymkhana Newsletter “Club Life” 12April, 2008)