Colombo, Jaffna, Poetry

The Writer Fighter

Have you become
a lance corporal,
wing commander,

lieutenant, private,
sergeant, major general?
Or are you a writer

transporting yourself
into trenches to wield
a saber against a vague

menace, bespectacled,
sitting at a computer,
trying to finish

his latest report
on the war
without witnesses

that went wrong
somehow because
the witnesses

and warriors
snapped photos
on cell phones

and sent them
to scribes

on computers
eternal odes
to mere privates

in trenches,
launching projectiles
from bazookas,

following orders,
not responsible
for blood baths

beyond gun sites,
in no man’s land,
no fire zones?

  • Sie.Kathieravealu

    Some witnesses have already spoken. Still others are yet to speak “positively”.

  • Trevor Santana

    Indran Amirthanayagam has written an excellent poem here which fully outlines the horrors perpetrated by the government of the United States of America for which he works. Because of this he is in the best possible position to expose the machinations and excesses of the American war machine which that empire forces on the unwilling everywhere in the world today.