resist to exist

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what beats me
how can any person live
with so much
hate inside

does that heart not ache

how can a person
appropriate color
then use it to bully
and other

does that eye not behold beauty

do their noses inhale toxic gas
and spew fire in return
are they not touched
by another’s prayer
can they taste nothing
but blood
can they not hear
a brother’s plea
a sister’s wail

all it takes to embrace the dark
is to lose one’s senses
the dark hides
their dead conscience
their despair at themselves
nurtures their lust

dangerous cocktails
once imbibed in shadows
now openly sold
with sanction

their veins
frozen
their eyes
stone
their gods
neon

this has now gone
beyond politics
beyond rulers
beyond elections
beyond power
beyond the hunger for it
beyond sanity

the extra 2ab
is now well and
truly on steroids
and exponentially beyond control
it is now
an existential struggle

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Maruti Naik

Maruti Naik

I write to remember. I write to remain honest. I write to leave a bread crumb trail for my daughter. I write to relax. Trying to impress my better half, I write