K SHESHU BABU - POEMS
The writer from anywhere and everywhere is interested in social problems, civil liberties and political rights.
Some works appeared in countercurrents, counterview, scarlet leaf review, leaves of ink and poemhunter and dissident voice
' Memes '
When space for expression becomes scarce
Democratic system becomes farce,
Then 'memes 'become medium
To augment momentum
Of society 's new 'modem'
To disseminate information ....
When there is little choice
To raise collective voice
Then memes are the outlet
To pick-up the gauntlet
And struggle against injustice
Or any existing unwanted practice ...
Memes are the alternative forces
Reflecting social groups' realistic 'faces'
That assist humanity move forward
Leaving traditional thoughts backward...!
The 'Distance' ....
What is new
When you advice people standing in a queue
Maintain 'social ' distancing?
That 'corona virus 'can be contained
And its existence eliminated ....
You have been practicing
'Distancing' for time quite long ...
Poor have been distanced
And so have been oppressed
Upper castes separated
Lower castes and castigated
Them and 'quarantined'
Mercilessly from times immemorial
Kept aloof from political and social
Now, the disease
Has spread to young and old
Elites and paupers
And vast number of innocents ....
To keep your commercial interests afloat,
Traveled far and wide on planes and many a boat
Carrying the disease and infecting
All those unaware of its presence and nature of infesting
Anyone and everyone who came into contact
Didn't know its deadly impact ....
Elites and the super rich tycoons!
You need 'social distancing ' from us -whom you treat as peons !
We were already socially distanced
Our lives brutally exploited
For your personal and professional gains
Leaving us stranded with ugly disease strains ....!
Floods and droughts .....
Are not new to this world
When dark clouds of despair engulfed
And groped for a faint ray of light
That would give them a slight
Chance of relief ....
They were given an inch
But grabbed a mile
And survived .....
Now, even in the midst of darkest clouds,
They know that every cloud
Has a silver lining of hope
Which keeps existence possible
And humanity moves
Alongwith the earth
The unfinished journey