Black Waters - a poem dedicated to the cellular jail in Andaman and Nicobar islands.

My poem titled Black Waters is the featured poem on Hour Of Writes for their contest on Treason on 4th November 2014.

Sharing the poem here for all my readers: 


Black Waters


The revolutionaries were exiled for life 

in a puce colored colonial prison 

on an archipelago, untraceable on the maps.

Every breath harrowed, black-hued or not at all.


Iron contraptions for the neck and ankles

Coarse jute tunics for torsos. Rations - fit for sparrows

Flogging that made buttocks bleed.

Permitted to urinate just once a day.


Tortured and abused on hand-driven oil mills

extracting 10 lbs of coconut oil, like an indemnity.

Their nerveless hands slack, their countenance fractured

Up in the heavens, stars glistened moistly for these rebels.


No one ever escaped these Black Waters, the excruciating seas, the agonizing oceans.

Only screams made it out. Raided the air,

cracked the winds, lay scattered like dead leaves on the islands...

like fragments of a tormented mind.


To think that political dissent could be like this. 

Indictment could be like this.

That a man might lose all dignity, die of hunger, lose his mind,

be crucified at the edifice of endurance but gain a country, nevertheless.