March 1, 2019 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

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Ashish Kumar Pathak




Losing Venezuela day by day



Venezuela was once top

four or five in the world

essentially at the top

of the Latino world

oil was overwhelming and surplus

in fact it was everything,

Politicians played with the oil

people got bread with the oil

that too much fiddling

with the oil,

has brought about untold

torment and turmoil,

the system collapsed

democracy and dictatorship

both bypassed times and nation,

with such a paramount inflation

as much as seven hundred percent

at repercussive times,

manufacturing and buying


at hell and at bent,

which system will come now

no one knows,

even trusted friends didn’t rise

and come to the rescue

again because you have

so much oil

can’t you save

yourself from turmoil?






Ashish Kumar Pathak

Ashish Kumar Pathak is a middle school teacher posted in the Munger district of Bihar province (India). He has a letter of appreciation from the President of India for his poem. Recently his works of poetry have been featured in many national and international anthologies.

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