Foolish thoughts

19 May

Our lives are too short

And this world far too cruel

To live life as anything

Other than a fool.


Alas, what is foolish?

A word, misunderstood

Enduring pain, enjoying pleasure

Only a fool truly could!


“Hush now, be silent

Speak only the way you’re taught

A silly word here,

One there – with danger fraught!”


So for long as we remain

Part of the ruthless system

We will forever be defined

By binaries: Hindu, Muslim or Christian?


These binaries engulf us

Allowing us to surrender self-definition

What we are is nothing more,

Nothing less than society’s volition.


When we question ourselves,

Or the world we reside in

We are told, yet again

Our options are dying or resigning.






3 Responses to “Foolish thoughts”

  1. dsd1912 May 19, 2017 at 7:22 am #

    Your poem beautiful
    your thoughts clean
    Predicaments abound
    those calm soirees
    but you are the doer
    with hand on wheel
    hold your breath
    and take the lead

  2. msakhanblog May 23, 2017 at 6:44 pm #

    Tis not the chains that dangle
    From the wounded ankles
    that killed the rebel
    It was the smug faces and ridiculing eyes
    A smirk here, a giggle there
    On the way to least treaded paths
    To conform to uniformity at last.

  3. tousifnoor June 23, 2017 at 7:44 am #

    beautiful piece . But until we have barriers we are Hindu, Muslim or Christian 😐

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