A Ceasefire Longing

Mulling over safety notes
Soiled by ashy fingerprints,
Nursing splinters from
Stepping over shrapnel mounds,
Penning riveting accounts
For journos chasing exclusive scoops,
We hastily boarded the bus
To the frontline of the war.
The hellfire of the previous weeks,
Their deafening descent,
And their bright explosions,
Were a foil to the summer storms,
When we frolicked in the streets
With nonchalant grace.
If only the brief hiatus
Were a prophecy of
Something more enduring.

About the Poem

The poem titled ‘A Ceasefire Longing’ is the speaker’s hope for a permanent truce in the wake of the announcement of a temporary ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war. I decided to write the poem to reiterate the need for lasting peace in a region that has suffered years of strife.

About the Author

Bhanusree S. Kumar is a writer from Kerala, India. Her poems and short stories have appeared in Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts, The New Indian Express, Lions’ Voice, Heart-Bytes, and Children’s World. She is currently preparing for a career in public service.

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