Two fates

Coal –

scum of the earth.

Burned in the hearth,

lent warmth, &

powered the world

with its labour.

Diamond –

precious stone.

Adorned women,

fuelled wars, &

consumed

the labour of others. 

[I wrote this poem at the height of the Black Lives Matter protests in America last year following the murder of George Floyd.]

Published by Vidya Venkat

Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at SOAS, London. Formerly, journalist at The Hindu, Chennai.

3 thoughts on “Two fates

  1. Touching poetry, Vidya. Both your prose and poems are praiseworthy, but owing to recent changes with my mindset, the poems feel more personal over the other. Great work!

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