Monday, April 28, 2014

The chain

The kids, small and determined, surrounded their friend.
The men, large and threatening, sneered as they watched.
"Move," ordered the leader.
"Never," chorused the kids.
"We have come to take him you cannot stop us."
"He's a pal of our childhood, he stays right here."

"We'll take him by force," - the threats got louder.
The chain of kids simply closed in tighter.
The men moved forward.
The children steeled themselves.
Large hands pulled. Small ones resisted.

And then they hit out at the weakest link.
Oh they were smart they could spot the chinks.
One large shove and the deed was done,
Dangling on the chain was the Tiniest One.

Their friend lay exposed and the little ones watched
as they hacked him to pieces with axes and saws.

Edited to add: This post was inspired from an instance in Faridpur, India when authorities decided to cut down trees to widen roads. Over a hundred students, teachers, social workers and nature lovers got together to form a human chain to protest the move.

Linking to Write Tribes Wednesday Prompt Dangling on the chain..

Tomorrow we get back to the last three authors for the April A to Z Challenge!! What a journey it has been. Whew!

Also linking to Ultimate Blog Challenge


  1. Oh ghastly end! Tulika, powerful imagery.

  2. Oh that was gory but nicely written.

  3. Gosh...Sad end.
    But, such a clever poem.
    Reminded me of Ringa Ringa Roses :)

  4. My God!! Brutality :(
    Powerful indeed but it ached !!

  5. oh can picture that chain of little hands... - but yeeeek that ending ....

  6. The ending tore my heart apart, so tragic and brutal. Great piece of creative writing.

  7. I liked this piece very much. Regardless of the outcome, I salute the courageous spirit of the children, our real hope for the future and future of the Mother Earth.

  8. when will humankind understand and LEARN whenn


  9. WOW, that was a brutal ending.

  10. Tulika this was such a powerful write...sad but well done! Kudos to the spirit of children they sure can teach us a thing or two!

  11. When people get together as a force, nothing can stop them! Thank you, Tulika. Loved the verse.

  12. ah! That was gory and disturbing and brilliantly written Tulika! :)

  13. It's sad when the only way forward is to have a tree sit. :(

  14. One can feel sad at the intelligently chosen words that express gory and grim details. Brilliant::)


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