Words in debt

By Nitusmita Saikia

Contributing Author for Spark Igniting Minds


With badinage of jingoistic looks;

We lay at the edge of extinction.

Not slapstick comedy but a tramp in its action

Time to make restitution!


Debt for skin, debt for colour,

Life was seized by unknown bailiff,

Slavery sometimes; sometimes war!

For the play between knives & forks,

Painfully we lay bare!


Implicitly convinced that,

It drains water when our flesh spilt,

The predator laughed at my wounds,

As if,

A forbidden race in debt we were!


Not much appealing; the plea for mercy;

Yet for centuries we did it,

We assimilated which rather pleased anyone,

Crackers given to us,

Again we laid bare for experiments.


Eventually reached those smoky lanes,

Life still blooms in its passion,

Denouncing its scars,

A tale of robbery not yet finished,

But at a halt

An interval to relish those suppressed words.


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About the Author

Ms. Nitusmita Saika

Nitusmita Saika is by profession an instructor in National Cadet Corps, She writes both in English and Assamese. She has been writing poetry for e-magazines like FM online magazine for couple of years.

Her poems have been published in various anthologies under www.realisticpoetry.com and much more.