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You ripped the tongue out my mouth
You cowered
Replaced it with fire shower,

You came hissing your depraved war cries
Faces drawn like a slave to your lies;
Under the dark
Shaking your champagne bottles
You sprayed your froth- throttled
Me out of spark.

Gathered up my rivers
Under fetters.
In pitch darkness
Starved my sun’s brightness.

Pulled out of my landscape
Like a picked-clean bone;
Cornered with no escape,
I died in numbers unknown.

You popped corks loud enough
To drown songs of my youth.

But your fire
Could only lick my feet;
I climbed out of the mire,
To lend fire to your funeral pyre.

In time I found and held a handle,
And blew out my first birthday candle.
Operation Searchlight was a planned military pacification carried out by the Pakistan Army to stifle the Bengali nationalist movement in Bangladesh, then East Pakistan, in the March of 1971. The plan was to take control of the major cities on 26th March, and then eliminating all opposition, political or military, within one month.

The prolonged Bengali resistance was not anticipated by the Pakistani Army. The main phase of Operation Searchlight ended with the fall of the last major town in Bengali hands in mid May.

This operation began what is known in the western world as the 1971 Bangladesh atrocities. This systematic killing of Bangladeshis only served to fuel their rage which ultimately resulted in the secession of East Pakistan later in the same year. By the end of the War of Liberation, in the space of a short nine months, 3, 000, 000 Bangladeshis were murdered, and 200,000 Bangladeshi women were raped. Trials of war criminals still continue today, and most are still at large.

In 16th December, 1971, the Pakistani Army unconditionally surrendered to the joint command of the Indian Army and the Mukti Bahini (combined forces of the Bangladeshi Army and local militia).


Full name of the poem is Operation Searchlight: Birth Of A Nation.
I hope that brief note helps.
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The suggestor describes Operation Searchlight by ~K-Sajid as "a very moving and emotional portrayal of a struggle towards freedom. It brings to light a very obscure part of history for most of us." She adds: "I think the ending specially is masterfully done; there's hope, there's a happy ending, but there's also the hint at what was paid for that happy ending." ( Suggested by Nymphrodite and Featured by lovetodeviate )
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Sam-AutumnLeaf Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
It was one of the worst things Pakistan ever did, we'll always be guilty of that. As for your poem, its sad but I love how it captures the scenario and feelings both, esp love the last lines! Good job :)
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PureMind Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
It was one of the worst tragedies and cruelties in South Asia as brother turned against brother in a cataclysm of greed, arrogance and insolence. Pakistan owes its existence to the freedom fighters of Bangladesh who spearheaded the independence struggle. I still feel uncomfortable around my Bangladeshi friends in Italy, not because they're bad people, quiet the contrary, but because i'm too politically aware for my own good and cant help feel guilty for the sins of the nation i grew up in...i guess i now feel how the Germans feel about the Nazis.

Im glad someone wrote a poem about this, this shouldn't be forgotten.

If your interested in this subject, read "Witness to Surrender"...
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K-Sajid Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
I hope this poem doesn't make you feel guilty because that was not the aim. It was to show the crimes that the previous generations committed, and that too a small fraction. You have no reason to feel guilty, but being politically conscious is a good thing =) I've come across ignorant Pakistanis before who completely deny a lot of what's considered factual.
And I'm always very interested in the subject, tell me more about Witness to Surrender, I haven't heard about it before. And thanks for reading it and the thoughtful comment on it. =)
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PureMind Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
Witness to Surrender is by Siddiq Salik and tells us his first hand account of the events in Bangladesh during 1971, the atrocities committed against West Pakistanis and East Pakistanis alike...there are some very serious theories in the book which ill discuss with you someday if you like, like Bhutto's attempts to weaken West Pakistan in the war, the armys deliberate targetting of bangladeshi intelligentsia to weaken the future of the nation, the West pakistan airforce and navy's opposition to East Pakistan's suppression...but for now,good poem and hope you write more soon :)
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K-Sajid Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
Thanks =) And yeah we should discuss this more someday. I do know about most of the details about this war, from many different accounts (my grandfather was in the army and trained the local militia; my mother and her family had to run away to India because they were targeted by the Pakistani army). And my paternal grandfather would count as a part of the intelligentsia so I've heard a lot about him as well, all though I've never met the man. I just wish to learn more about the exact military strategies and tactics, and other details. I'll look for the book, thanks for the recommendation =)
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Shehtaz Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
'Starved the sun's brightness'
This poem hit me right between the eyes. Well done. Unlike the other Liberation War-themed poems I read, this one does not reek of sappiness.
*pat*
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K-Sajid Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008
Plenty of sappiness in my gallery if you would only look for it :lol:

Thank you =)
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dickllikwid Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
This is magnificent
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K-Sajid Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
Thank you.
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hashala0412 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
that was great!
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K-Sajid Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
Thank you =)
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Artemis-Meliticia Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
This was amazing...
though, sadly, I really don't know anything about that history...Interesting, though, thanks for bringing it up, now I'll try to research it. =)
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K-Sajid Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
I'm glad you know a little bit more now because of the poem. Research it, it'll be 'interesting', if I may use such a cold word.
And thanks =)
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pentanedione Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
ILOVEITILOVEITILOVEITSOMUCH.

not just as a reader (it's a great piece, without a doubt), but also as a proud Bengali. keep up the great work.

ps. favourited.
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K-Sajid Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
Thank you fellow Bengali. And we should be proud. =)
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Komare3232 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Really fantastic piece you've got here. Really well written.
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K-Sajid Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
Thanks for reading =)
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Komare3232 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
:) of course.
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Usagi-chan94 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
amazing i applaud you! definately deserved a DD! :D
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K-Sajid Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
=) thanks!
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Usagi-chan94 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
my pleasure!
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morescandelousdandy Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
Beautiful vocabulary, I could picture the whole scene well by each word.

Your poetry is art.
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K-Sajid Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
=D thanks a lot for your kind words.
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Yneis Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
I feel unable to comment without making a fool of myself in some way, all I can say is that it is a profound piece of poetry!
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K-Sajid Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
=) thank you kindly.

And don't worry, we're all fools in our own ways. I'm glad you enjoyed reading.
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Yneis Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
^ ^
You're welcome muchly.
And I certainly did!
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Lioncage Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
Ah. It took three readings through but I get the last line. clever. (or im fabricating reasons in my mind...)

^^; It takes me longer to understand poems then it does to write one... (I'm too embarassed to upload any though...)

knowing the context made this even better!

I think history is the vital in ones learning. I'm glad you brought this to my attention. I knew some about the origins of east and west pakistan, but I never found how East Pakistan became Bangladesh.

faved!
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K-Sajid Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
Thank you kindly =)

I'm glad you knew some of the history; I'm hard pressed to find anyone who does, and it was in fact not too long ago.
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erraticcactus Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
Wow ... a profound and inspiring poem ... left me speechless !
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K-Sajid Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
Thank you for the favourite, and the comment =)
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MetalShadowOverlord Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
I guess this poem can describe the horrors of any war. It is unfortunate that sometimes it is the only option.
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K-Sajid Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
It really is unfortunate. Wars have been necessary in various parts of history.
Thank you for reading. =)
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MetalShadowOverlord Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
No prob, good job and congrats!
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ousted Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
"It is unfortunate that sometimes it is the only option."

incorrect terminology. doesn't apply in the context of pakistan attacking bangladesh.
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MetalShadowOverlord Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
You are right in saying that for this situation and thank you saying that, since I should have been more specific. However, I was following up on my previous statement on the horros of war.
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vivalamonica Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
why first birthday candle?
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K-Sajid Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
I'm sorry if the poem wasn't clear enough on that, but I believe interpretation lies solely with the reader =) thank you for reading.
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vivalamonica Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
no,no...
i understood it pretty clearly...
and artist comment under the poem helped a lot in that...
but i feel that you wrote one birthday candle just that it fits to the rest of the poem,that it rhymes...
if you understand what i wanna say...
that's why i've asked you why one birthday candle...
but anyway...
who cares about the candle...
poem is really good...
:clap:
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K-Sajid Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
Thanks a lot =)
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vivalamonica Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
:blowkiss:
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K-Sajid Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
oo that's more than I could have asked for =p
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vivalamonica Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
so,so...
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hObBiTzWiLlEatYou Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
amazing.. when i first started reading it seemed like the story of a sado-maso relationship that ended in death... love it. *favorites* :kitty::peace:
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K-Sajid Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
:lol: very interesting interpretation. =)

Thank you for the favourite.
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b1gfan Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008  Student Writer
An intense and vivid poem for a very tumultuous struggle. That so much horror can be heaped upon people by others is staggering. That joy and opportunity are then born from that for a free and strong people is even moreso.
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K-Sajid Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008
Thanks a lot for the kind words. =)

And yes it is indeed staggering, the amount of cruelty human beings can inflict upon each other. But the drive for freedom is the strongest drive.
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b1gfan Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2008  Student Writer
I quite agree - it's why I stay basically an optimist
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