Friday, February 12, 2016

Someone said there's no civil society in Batticaloa

There were orders screamed
Orders were shouted

What else can vulnerable bullies do?

They can stop you on the road
They can take you from your car
They can come into your house
They can take away your kids

Lines were made of people 
And people were shot

People crossed lines
And lines were crossed

People hid in attics
And people were found

Shooting was cheap
To get killed was easy

Before it began you were grinning proud of your young family optimistic 

Your family scattered to safety later you smiled a wan smile

Where civil society like sparks of fireflies struggled to find itself in the rubble

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