On reading Daya Somasundaram’s “Collective trauma in the Vanni- a qualitative inquiry into the mental health of the internally displaced due to the civil war in Sri Lanka” on the eve of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo[i]
Can you hear me?
Is this cacophony too loud?
In Colombo, Paris, Chennai, Toronto and London,
the Brothers, siblings and masters,
in tongues that speak of deafening half-truths,
concoct flawed histories of terror and relief.
Buried deeply under my homelands,
my story, my suffering, my blood,
vanishing beyond the senses’ reach,
long lost in other stories,
about nations and sovereignties,
about humanitarianism and genocide.
In garbs made of my precious memories,
hijacked, amputated and tailored,
of a not-so-distant past,
our lords and lands appear gorily guarded.
In the silence of the night I dream aloud,
of flesh pieces swimming in hot crimson blood,
of scarred bones and skulls,
of children starving and weeping,
of my fugitive self charting an escape route from armed four-legged men,
of strange, fire-spitting birds encircling the terror-struck sky,
of leaky shelters and barbed-fences,
of betrayal and enslavement.
“Ush! Dirty dreams! Banned, don’t you know?”
in stately fashion,
dragging my head off the filthy mats of the past,
steal my nocturnal freedoms;
my nightmare melts and melts into the hot, stifling air,
but soil-lovers rush past me
to swiftly pick up threads that they find useful.
Homeless, lifeless and limbless,
now my dreams stolen and butchered too;
but I have some linen,
unclean, blood-stained and shit-smelling,
for four full years and more…
Can I wash them tomorrow
at the CHOGM,
in the presence of all the kings of empires dead and alive,
at our altars where my siblings chant in resolute cries, “Boycott!”
in broad daylight,
for justice, truth and history’s sake?
Fathima Fukushima / November 11, 2013
Isn’t that news!
When did civilization reach Tamilians? Must be after Nanthikadal 2009.
truth / November 11, 2013
Poor Fathima desperately needs medical help!!
Thiru / November 11, 2013
Yes, psychiatric help in Mulleriyava under supervision!
The Penetrator / November 11, 2013
The truth will win at the end brother, for Tamils, Singhalese, Muslims, Burgers, Chinese, Moors, etc.. Please be aware that the cockroaches that inflict hatred are power hungry Mfuckers pretending to be religious… They can be Budhist monks, Pujarees, Christian priests and gran Muftis.. Most are full of shit and repeating orders from above, and I don’t mean the divine above…
Do not ever categories yourself with a brand, we are all in the same gang brother, fuck what these cocksuckers do in the name of religion or ethnicity. You pray to who ever you want and I’ll pray to who ever i want. You have no right to say I’m wrong, and I have no right to say you are wrong until we both meet in heaven or hell.. :)
Love the poetry and keep it coming brother. Unstoppable we are if united in spirit.. Fuck the ethnicity and religion…………….
ruwan / November 12, 2013
Right On Penetrator !
What goes around comes around / November 11, 2013
FF doesn’t need medical help. He or She in desperate need of a free ride of white van and lets see what he or she says then. If he or she is not cured by then send him or her to a mental asylum. God help him or her.
Abhaya Premawardena / November 11, 2013
wear your linen [Edited out] , and stop writing shit poems that you dont know how to write .
JULAMPITIYE AMARAYA / November 11, 2013
Ham Abhaya Premawardena aka Chicago Jack ass;
Where are you teaching to write Shit poems to Shit eating pigs of Jarapassa Clan and goons???????.
Sandy / November 11, 2013
‘Though the cause of evil prosper,
yet ’tis TRUTH alone is strong..’.
Thiru / November 11, 2013
Martin Vickers, Conservative MP, UK:
Clearly there has been genocide taken place in Sri Lanka and the International Community needs to take the issue much more seriously and investigations should take place.
Source a video clip in English, above is a transcript by me from:
Amanda / November 11, 2013
which genocide are you talking about?
ram / November 11, 2013
What’s the going rate today ? £ 3000/. ?
sumathy / November 11, 2013
Really strong poem.
Thondamanaru / November 11, 2013
Thiru…………. how much are you paid to cut and paste same message everywhere……….
You cheap diaspora dick.
nimal p.dunuhinga / November 11, 2013
Alan Keenan / November 13, 2013
A powerful poem. So much linen to wash, from so many sides, communities, countries – I don’t think CHOGM organisers have enough water, even with the sea surrounding them. Thanks for writing something on Lanka that doesn’t follow the predictable lines of narrative and analysis.