Poetry prompt #24



An Old Poet on New Technology

I discovered Emily Dickinson on a non working Kindle. A ghost of her face and name frozen on the screen.

I have had this piece of poetry stuck in my head:

I’m Nobody! Who are you?
Are you—Nobody—Too?
Then there’s a pair of us!
Don’t tell! they’d advertise—you know!

How dreary—to be—Somebody!
How public—like a Frog—
To tell one’s name—the livelong June—
To an admiring Bog!

I encourage you during National Poetry month to read and learn more about different poets that you are not familiar with.   I learned that there is a biopic about Emily Dickinson called A Quiet Passion, with Cynthia Nixon as Emily.


Cynthia Nixon as ED

Indunil Madhusankha

We Don’t Want to Treat You as a Terrorist

(A conversation between a terrorist and a brigadier)

(Previously published in the Tuck Magazine on 22rd November 2015)

A camouflaged lass sleeping on a bed in the camp

laboriously raised her head,

taking a peek at the soldiers around her

“I’m innocent, please don’t kill me”

She begged in a stuttering voice

while her lips were shivering in fear

Her eyes gleamed with hope

Blood curdling hands gave her untold torment

“How are you feeling now?”

The mental agony soon disappeared

as the Brigadier’s healing words

touched her ears

Her face blossomed like a flower

Despite the bleeding pain,

with streaming tears,

she revealed the horrifying tragedy

replete with woeful memories, smudged dreams,

heinous murders and torturous whips

How her parents suffered till their last breath

How the devouring devils bundled her into the truck

while her mother,

fallen on the yard,

thrashed the ground with her hands in sorrow

and how the terrifying burst of her scream

blasted the area while Palmyra leaves

crackled in anger

The Brigadier held her hand and attended

to the wounds with some wool

She heaved a sigh of satisfaction

and blessed the gathering of soldiers

with a shining smile on her face

“May the God’s protection be with you!”

Then the Brigadier replied,

“We don’t want to treat you as a terrorist now,

though you were one in the very morning today.”


Indunil Madhusankha is currently an undergraduate reading for a BSc Special Degree in Mathematics at the Faculty of Science of the University of Colombo. Even though he is academically involved with the subjects of Mathematics and Statistics, he also pursues a successful career in the field of English language and literature as a budding young researcher, reviewer, poet and content writer. Basically, he explores the miscellaneous complications of the human existence through his poetry by focussing on the burning issues in the contemporary society. Moreover, Indunil’s works have been featured in many international anthologies, magazines and journals

An old (2014) draft

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