News from the front of the Secretary of State office

Taufiq Ismail

 

Once his body has been stretchered
Hurriedly
Out

We sing
‘Leaves are Falling’
Slowly

A soldier
Takes off his beret and wipes
Tears none of us can hold back

At the top of the Gajatri
A flag hangs limp
Behind it: a roll of clouds

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