Hadn’t society

Distanced itself already?

From the cries for help

From the neighbor at 3am

Hadn’t we washed of?

All responsibility

For harvests

Of rot

We kept the mandatory 6ft

From reports

Of daily crimes

Of hate

Of stratum

And skin

That looked different

Of enemy state

Infested with familiar sameness

And yet…

Along came a virus

Making it official

Man for only

One man

Fed on ‘Me Love’

Social distancing

Just a hashtag

We were already

Flawed souls

In self-owned apartments

Rented bodies

A society

Looking at universe

With an outsider’s gaze

~ Vandana

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About Vands

Vandana Kumar is a bon vivant who loves travelling, working with young minds and exploring creative possibilities beyond the ordinary. She has done her masters in History from ‘Lady Shri Ram College’ – ‘University of Delhi’ and her Diplôme from the ‘Alliance Française de Delhi’. She is a middle school teacher and also translates for various publishing houses and corporates. An active member of various quiz clubs across Delhi. She has a soft corner for Calcutta where she spent her childhood. Her various passions include singing, playing the piano, composing music and participating in local music competitions. She describes herself as a dreamer…a wanderer and a certified incurable romantic…the romantic moorings worsened with all her fancy French studies. She contributes poems regularly to online magazines and has been published in a couple of anthologies. Poetry for her is her stress buster – her flight of fancy – and strangely – what keeps her rooted too.

25 thoughts on “Outsider

    1. Vands Post author

      Thank you for responding so beautifully. Sometimes it feels like no matter what one wants to do or write, it is the virus that pops out of the head…

    1. Vands Post author

      Thank you for your appreciation and for this wonderful platform. When everything else seems so desolate- there is always poetry.

    1. Vands Post author

      Thanks a lot Tapeshwar! These are truly virus’ of fear we carried long before today’s virus got a name

  1. Maneesha Kumar-Cleetus

    The ‘mandatory 6ft’ was just brilliant. We’ve been maintaining our own brand of social distancing way before the virus. Very powerful statement and reflection of our ’selfie’ life.
    A poetess of our time and for our time.

    1. Vands Post author

      Thank You Maneesha -for dropping by and your nuanced observations. We will have to find ways to socially un-distance ourselves , once the distancing over virus is over.


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