O Nepal…O Kathmandu!
Our heart goes out to you,
and a wordless prayer
escapes our frozen lips,
to put balm on your grievous wounds
sustained by the unimaginable
brunt of the nature’s fury.
The world is too shocked, traumatized!
Your tremours and devastation
have sent up the entire humanity
into deep, debilitating shock
dumbfounded, all hands raised heavenwards
in incoherent prayers,
because the calamity beggars all description.
you were a glittering jewel,
the cynosure of all eyes ,
bubbling, overflowing with zest of life
and the very next,
all hell was let loose.
One touch…just one touch turned
the glory of the Himalayas into
a Himalaya of rubble, both
of mangled architectural
and human bodies fused together.
The soul having been
of the mortal body
in most gruesome manner.
Left behind are deafening echoes of
heart rending shrieks and wails
threatening to haunt the surviving humanity
for the rest of the life.
Act of nature?
Whatever, it defies all reasoning!
An ocean of terrified humanity
huddled in makeshift tents or
parks or other open spaces,
as well as heavy downpours
in utter, unbearable misery.
Death toll mounting, crossing the 4000 mark,
with the count still ticking on.
Desperate rescuers, put on the job instantly,
like the NDRF teams
of committed professionals,
sniffing down through the unfathomable rubble
for any signs of life to retrieve.
A human tragedy
of unprecedented magnitude,
one would wish never happened,
won’t be easy at all to leave behind.
One can’t figure out, O Nepal,
how you’d come to terms
with the stark reality.
But you know,
death is followed by rebirth,
destruction by rebuilding, renovation and revival.
And after the initial shock and trauma,
you’re bound to bounce back
and retrieve from the rubble,
pieces of life,
and start breathing, living yet again.
That is our wish, desire and prayer.
May He help you, bless you with
all the courage and grit needed
to survive, rise and move on
to the past glory and beyond!