People Who Ate Delhi’s Smoke

We are the cursed boat people

They said we have snatched their jobs

And then, we were killed in a factory

before we could call them murderers.

~~

They outraged over jobs, onions, freedom

They said we were dying, with anger in their hearts,

fire in their voices …

We applauded, eyes moist,

“They stand up for us, our hungry bellies, our empty plates”

We had to die to know

Those were mere speeches.

Liars! 

(C) Pallavi Singh, December 2019.

Photo credit: https://www.pexels.com/photo/burn-cooking-delhi-india-906526/

#Labour #FactoryFire #MigrantLabourers

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