My 12 year old’s reaction to the terror attack in Mumbai

November 29, 2008 at 11:56 am 9 comments

Over the past couple of days, my wife and I have been watching the horrifying news unfold on TV. Lavanya, our 12 year old daughter, too watched the news on and off and ever so often asked if the terrorists have been overpowered.  Last night, soon after the tragic news of the hostages at Nariman House being killed was aired, Lavanya shut herself in her room for about 15 minutes. She emerged with a piece of paper and showed it to us. She had written the following poem that I think captures the pathos of the tragedy very well.

The city that never slept, slept

Ashes and shrapnel everyplace

Destruction and death all around.

Mumbai, the city that never slept,

Slept long, deep and sound.

Friends, family and strangers complete,

A picture of devastation.

When the fisrt signs of death

Got hold of a railway station.

Booms, bangs, everywhere,

All it took was a little boat fare.

The Taj and Oberoi weep in sorrow,

Nariman House got lost to the morrow.

Politicians wanted to give their speech,

To show how sorry they are,

To the hostages and commandos

From homes God knows how far!

More lives are lost,

More battles fought.

The war was raging on,

The guns just fire everywhere,

Victory goes to no one.

The terrorists may be killed,

But the void of the lost loved one is never filled.

The roads are empty, there is no sound.

Mumbai, the city that never slept,

Slept long, deep and sound.

An original poem by Lavanya Krishna (12 years), Std VI, Presidency School, R T Nagar, Bangalore.

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  • 1. Global Voices Online » India: Poets on Mumbai Terror  |  December 1, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    […] in her room for about 15 minutes and later handed her dad Anand Krishna with a poem titled ‘The city that never slept, slept’. […]More lives are lost, More battles fought. The war was raging on, The guns just fire […]

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  • […] in her room for about 15 minutes and later handed her dad Anand Krishna with a poem titled ‘The city that never slept, slept’. […]More lives are lost, More battles fought. The war was raging on, The guns just fire […]

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  • 3. shraddha  |  December 1, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    i appreciate ur talent..i jus luved the poem…it is really a gud one..!!

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  • 4. Akkaash  |  December 1, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    REALLY AWESOME!!!!
    I loved it….its very touching….every line is so true!!!

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  • 5. goolnar minocher  |  December 2, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Amazing maturity and sensitivity shown by one so young.

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  • 6. Aditi Das Patnaik  |  December 4, 2008 at 6:18 am

    She sure has a flair for words!

    Reply
  • […] quarto por cerca de 15 minutos e mais tarde entregou a seu pai Anand Krishna um poema intitulado ‘The city that never slept, slept’ [En] [A cidade que nunca dormia, dormiu, em Inglês]. […]More lives are lost, More battles […]

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  • 8. MALLIKARJUNA SHARMA  |  December 16, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    I am quite impressed. I am editor of LAW ANIMATED WORLD, a world law fortnightly from Hyderabad, the last page of which is devoted to publishing exquisite poetry. I would like to reproduce Lavanya’s poem in it and urgently need your permission. Request and hope you immediately consent. Thank you. – I. MALLIKARJUNA SHARMA, Advocate and Editor, LAW ANIMATED WORLD, 6-3-1243/156, M.S. Makta, Hyderabad – 500 082. Ph: 040 – 23300284. If tomorrow morning you can ring me up or by then mail me, I will be very thankful – IMS.

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  • 9. davetrosdahl  |  April 13, 2009 at 11:17 am

    I am so sorry about what happened to the people of Mumbai. What a beautiful memorial to such a horrible attack.Thanks for sharing your poem with us.

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