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Thawan Haiku: An August 13 Tribute




 


The thawan haiku
My tribute to the patriots
On August 13th

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In history textbooks
You wrote with your blood and pain
For you die, we live
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You only exist
Memories and energies
Now we care no more
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The old BT Park
In old days we went with grass
Sometimes old men barked
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Hicham Yaicham Pat
We know not where the lake is
We know rock at Range
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The cops should be hanged
The court says about the fakes
Death has changed a lot
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For the land they die
For the land you and me kill
When are we living?
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August 15th comes
Two days after the 13th
Nothing to bark now.

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Thawan The fifth month in a Manipuri calendar
BT Park A memorial park in the heart of Imphal. Two great martyrs -- Bir Tikendrajit and Thangal General -- were hanged by the British at Pheidapung, Imphal Pologround, now rechristened the BT Park with a tall staue, on Aug 13 1891. It used to be a great place for smoking grass. I don't know how it is these days. It's been long I have been homeless and now I live in a rent.
Range / Ranch A playground in Yaiskul, Imphal. We have known it as a popular venue for rock concerts.
Hicham Yaicham Pat A graveyard of the martyrs, located adjacent to Range.
August 13 the Patriots' Day of Manipur
August 15 I came across this day for the first time when I was hardly seven months old.



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