I Ask You Friends

I ask you friends,

Am I to touch the feet of the tyrants?

Or demolish their white towers?

Am I to kill the killers?

Or forgive them in tears?

Am I to swallow the sweet pills?

Or resist the orators?

Am I to raise my voice against the ills?

Or be a mute spectator and carry the wounds?

Am I to support the traitors of my people?

Or smash their wings to the ground?

Am I to witness to a hauling of a girl by wolves?

Or cut their secret things and fling them to dust?

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About Sid

Abu Siddik is an Assistant Professor in English in Plassey College, Nadia,West Bengal. He is a bilingual author, editor, critic, poet, and storyteller and has been published in India and abroad. His short fictions and poems appeared in Muse India, Indian Ruminations, Setu Bilingual, spillwords.com, mercurialstories.com, GloMag, and in anthologies, Serious and Hilarious, Cherry Toppings, Rise to Higher Essence. He has three books— Representation of the Marginalized in Indian Writings in English (Falakata College Cell, 2015). Misfit Parents in Faulkner’s Select Texts (Authorspress, 2015), Banglar Musolman (Sopan, 2018). For more please visit him at www.abusiddik.com

15 thoughts on “I Ask You Friends

  1. Parneet Jaggi

    Brilliant. The poem showers lots of responsibility on the reader in the form of questions they are expected to answer.

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