I am there, among you
A part of you.
Cut me off
And throw me away
But still, I lie within you.
You throw me out,
Out of the society
And then come to me
In that abandoned place.
Actually, you do realize,
I am a part of you.
That mask of piety hides such evils.
Let’s shrug this veil
And show your true self!
Let’s call it loud,
That I am no different!
Let’s hug each other and run away from it!
Don’t throw me alone, into this abyss!
Don’t, for God’s sake, throw me
Into this hellish bliss!
For one day, you, your own part will be us.
Let’s strip this hypocrisy from yourself.
Or help me out of this bottomlessness……
© Fareeha Manzoor
Excerpt form the book “Divided Lines – A Poet’s Stance”
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Foreword . . .
In a world of ever increasing advances seemingly created to make our lives easier to manage, envisioned to bring us together, to draw us closer, we are still in many instances isolated and at odds and validly apart. Something is missing, there is a snag, a rip, a hole in the spiritual fabric that we all see; yet we continue to fail to address.
It has been said by self-proclaimed philosophers, theologians, scholars’ and politicians that the abuse of words can be a danger, there are those that believe words are a leading factor in what ills our society. Of this we do not deny in full, there have been abuses, history is but a melody to that fact, yet it is also true that words have the innate capacity to bridge, to heal that which divides.
Opinions, views, religions, nations, people, even love divides. The focus of this book and the poets here in, is to give breath to a wide range of issues both small and controversial that lie beneath the surface. Things that we are often hesitant to discuss. In saying that, I will offer that the role of a poet is not to persuade or to add more rhetoric to the static we hear. A poet’s responsibility is to shine the light of awareness, to create a platform for dialogue, for healing, to gather up the images in an attempt to understand what we see.
Demitri Tyler, Author
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