Suffocating Styrene!


Before daybreak,
hesitant sunshine,
Thursday morning,
there was no sign.

Impending danger,
broken peace,
Silent sirens,
tardily release!

Innocent sleep,
unknowing souls,
slowly crawling,
the wind, it blows!

Under the skin,
Colorless killer,
undetected criminal,
stand and shiver!

Heart beats faster,
everything is heavy.
where do you run,
unseen enemy? 

Calm beaches,
beautiful sand,
city peaceful,
got the worst hand.

Blind men running,
you cannot hide,
the lion's den, or burning hell,
you decide!

Suffering sins,
sacrificing for whom,
for those not able,
darkness consume!

Man, lady, cattle and all,
unconscious they fall,
all of us hear,
their crying call!

a little ghost town,
like in the stories,
people on the ground,
some on their knees!

What about those
that walked on four legs?
no language to speak,
broken to shreds!

Memories re-kindled,
mankind's worst days,
That day in '84,
Is that how this plays?

Suffering cries,
years and years later,
learn a lesson,
lives matter!

Pray for them,
how much more weak,
why did we wait for,
another gas leak!

Author’s Note:
The unfortunate Thursday morning in the South Indian coastal calmness of Vishakapatnam (Vizag), there was an industrial accident. Another gas leak, this time styrene. With memories of Bhopal forever etched in our memories, it sounded all too familiar. With initial estimates of at least eleven people killed and thousands still suffering, this was another sad news that people had to digest. I keep traveling to the city often and have a lot of connections there. Join me as I pray for the safety of all the people affected. Hoping that the come out of this soon. Stay safe!

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18 thoughts on “Suffocating Styrene!

  1. This is a powerful poem penned with urgency and a tugging at the heart strings. You have highlighted a devastating issue in an emotive way. Thanks for paying tribute to those impacted and may some good come from this difficult circumstance. ๐Ÿ™

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      1. Iโ€™m really glad that you highlighted the issue of only but to keep their memory alive for us to remember and think of their families whom theyโ€™ve sadly left behind. ๐Ÿ™

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