Poem: "gunnin' down the heroines"
by Amrit.
for Phoolan Devi. 25 July 2001 [By permission from the author]
forewords below [On the day that I found out about the murder, I wrote the poem I have included below. . . . It is my meager and humble offering to the story of a womon whom I admired and respected, . . . I have been in tears everyday since I heard.]

gunnin' down the heroines

Waheguru ji ka Khalsa,
Waheguru ji ki Fateh.


though the tides have turned
around you all these years
and though we never came to know
the possibilities of our allegiance
i am certain that your life will not
be a life i take in vain.

i rest here in my thoughts
the images of your freedom
and i join here in my struggle
the liberation-dream you inspired.

your spirit will continue
in the name of all those that follow,
in the name of all those that dream
of the world in which our like spirits
would thrive and survive the onslaught
of the injustice that survived you.

my hands are groping
at the futility of heaven
as i stare at my blank walls
for a glimmer of hope
that our liberation will come
before those bullets fly against
another of our lone fighters
standing tall against the hegemony
backs against the dams
holding the flooding tides of hatred
so our people can scamper across the valley
only to fall at the weight
of the bullets in our heads.

you've fallen my sister across the sea
and my heart is aching for you to return.
though i hope you shall finally find
the peace your life never brought you,
i know that i will miss you
from the earth that is my prison
till i meet the fate
of another gunned down fighter
in a world this ill.

you are my fist.
you are my blood.
you are the ocean
of my uncried tears.
i will carry your spirit always
as i march my people home.

Waheguru ji ka Khalsa,
Waheguru ji ki Fateh.

Amrit
for Phoolan Devi
July 25th, 2001

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garbanzo@bigfoot.com


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Subject: Phoolan Devi
Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2001 19:00:56

Dear Philip,

I am a Detroit-based singer/songwriter and poet. On the day that I found out about the murder, I wrote the poem I have included below. Please find an appropriate home for this on your web site. It is my meager and humble offering to the story of a womon whom I admired and respected, and a womon who lifted me out of the bowls of my own victimization from rape in 1997. I have been in tears everyday since I heard. I cannot express the grief I feel adequately, but I did write the poem included and I have recently composed a song which I am working hard at completing. This is truly tragic news for me.

Thanks for keeping your web site.

Sincerely,

Amrit
Singer/songwriter
Detroit, Michigan
USA


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