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September 27th, 2012 by naren bedide


Why do you stand near that grave

And weep like that? 

Why do you grieve so alone,

Sobbing uncontrollably? 


The son you raised and who fought for you

Is no longer in that grave.

Instantly, he had shaken himself awake

Rose from the grave and taking up his weapon,

Returned to the battlefield


Mother! Wipe your eyes

And bless the struggle. 


My translation of the Telugu poem 'ammaa!', from the collection of poetry 'Sivasagar Kavitvam', by K. G. Satyamurthy ('Sivasagar').

Written in July 1972 when the leader of the Naxalbari movement, Charu Mazumdar, was martyred in police custody.


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