Colombo, Human Rights, Human Security, International, Peace and Conflict, Poetry, Politics and Governance, Vavuniya, War Crimes


What shall I do, living
in Peru, with this report
of systemic failure

in U.N. monitoring
in Sri Lanka, how
bureaucrats drove away

from the disaster to come,
buried hard- earned stats
about civilian deaths

and allowed themselves
to be brow-beaten,
harassed, shouted

into silence while
40,000 humans
died , mostly from

battering shells rained
from fighter jets?
I belong to the family

of nations. I have
a vote in one

dream of serving
in the Secretariat

of the United Nations.
of inside influence,
reform within, extracting

the worm, of keeping
a job close to the Secretary
General, speaking

into his ear, saying
fix your flank, Man.
Souls are howling.

  • I saw a UN staff member say yesterday on FB that she’d go back and do something in SL if it was safe. I asked her why she’d be needed if it was safe. I think that just about describes the UN.

    • Burning_Issue

      So far you got want you wanted; you wanted the UN not poking their noses in Sri Lankan affairs and you so far succeeded. You have not shifted your goalpost have you?

      • I have always wanted the UN to be both useful and relevant to the people of SL (and the world). Those goalposts are set in concrete.

  • luxmy

    Your poems are amazing.