"The Abbey in the Oakwood" by Caspar David Friedrich‘Through an Open Graveyard’ by Satyananda Sarangi The Society February 25, 2020 Beauty, Culture, Poetry, Terrorism 8 Comments Through barren fields, beside the ruins of man, The sunlight hardens stains of blood and gore; Macabre deeds that years ago began, Their horror still would haunt forevermore. This open graveyard ’round whose ghastly dread, The trembling air is scared and scarcely moves; A mother somewhere weeps for children dead, Her piercing laments etch the deepest grooves On timeless, sapphire earth in muddy red; But gone to death are those she dearly loves. As eyes and sight, as shining stars and night, As love and faith divine do coexist; Their cheerful tones that set her face alight Now slip away as silt from gripping fist Of Time, and yet at hours, would flash so bright As sun that hides and seeks through clouds and mist. There, sobs in gasping breaths, a little girl Whose thumping heart so naive, ne’er understands The worldly truths, the might of pains that whirl And take the monstrous shapes from desert sands; Her every gushing tear is like a pearl, And lids, the oyster beds from treasured lands. Perchance beside her father’s carcass still, With ardent hope, she holds his fingers cold, But who would now her childish whims fulfill? For like the potter’s wheels cannot remould The lumps of clay, reversed is not the rill; He’s gone for whom the bells of death have tolled. Fanatic heads that breed satanic brains, Possess the savage hands with icy ire; And not a tinge of guilt nor fear remains Whilst setting temples and sacred shrines afire; As captives bound to hatred’s clasping chains, Their evils taint the highest heaven’s spire. As one by one, I pass cadaver rows, Some traced by kin, some others lie unclaimed; The grieving crowd, a plaintive song compose For fallen martyrs, both obscure and famed; The troops of Satan strike with sabre blows In form of suicide bombers, honed and tamed. A prayer, thus escapes my quiv’ring lips That terror dies a thousand deaths and more; May sparks from ruins of man, its wrath eclipse As sunlight hardens stains of blood and gore. An electrical engineering alumnus of IGIT Sarang, Satyananda Sarangi is a young poet and editor who enjoys reading Longfellow, Shelley, Coleridge, Yeats, Blake and many others. His works have been widely published in India, Germany, United States, etc. and have featured in The Society of Classical Poets, Page & Spine, Glass: Facets of Poetry, WestWard Quarterly, The GreenSilk Journal and other national magazines and books. He also loves electrical machines and renewable energy sources. Currently, he resides in Odisha, India. 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I am glad that you liked it so much. Thanks. Best wishes. Reply George Winters February 26, 2020 Hi, Mr. Sarangi. This very poem has managed to amalgamate a gothic style and terrorism. One reason why I see this as a different piece is that it has brought out the ghastly impact of terrorism in a terrifying way. Good one! Kudos. Reply Satyananda Sarangi February 26, 2020 Hello, Mr. George. I have always been inclined to nature and spirituality in my poetry. But this time, I thought of trying something different. Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant September 11, 2020 You have captured the very nature of terror in these graphic and haunting images. This is a poem whose words will stay with me long after leaving this page. Reply Satyananda Sarangi September 12, 2020 Greetings Susan ma’am! Much thanks for the appreciation. Best wishes Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. 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