Kashi ………… rest in peace …..

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in the empty killing fields of Awankhul
kashi, i see you   walking ahead of time !
lengthening shadows on those winding tracks
dripping sweat and sunset memories
proud striding into secret ambushes

still nursing that faraway thirst
the pure circulation of   your dreams without direction
many evenings you’d sat with randhir and prem
swapping stories and reminiscences
laying the tired day to rest like
an old newspaper   under the bottle of whiskey
before launching into the night
burning ideas, dreams and hopes
in gentle guitar strummed strains
spinning rainbows and ringing
obscure romantic military philosophies stretching
taut across the sky quivering
late into the morning
attempting to transcend
the span of a generation
by pouring shared experiences
down test tubes
to burn later on secret personal crucibles

soldier, singer, brother   relentless warrior
dreamer, lonely ascetic of a bygone era
kashi, i see you, journeying alone
power striding into that final encounter
parting the syllables of fear and courage
spiking light out of that stormy night and
between that acid and and the sweat
of crumbling time and fading breath
is this echo of that one last song
and i gather up that familiar echo
it is the colour that wants to live   to win, to rejoice, to engulf, to remain
and i am alone with appa now
silently shouting echoes across   the empty fields as …….

(kashi …. Mizoram)

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