Why Do I Speak?

I have a sweet home,

A loved wife, celestial children,

Nice neighbours,

And a fine job,

So why do I speak?

I have the warmth of the sun

Coolness of the moon,

Bliss of night, embrace of the hills,

Seas and the skies,

So why do I speak?

Buddha, Krishna, Jesus, Yahweh, Nanak,

Muhammad and other prophets —all have spoken

For light and kindle seas of masses

What else is left to speak now?

I’m a great commoner

Happy with home and hearth,

Who am I to speak against wrongs,

 Ills, and wounds?

Moreover, I’m apolitical poet

I worship nature and its immaculate beauty,

Children and farmers, workers and flowers,

Drink fine arts and crafts by indigenous wo/men,

And I’m happy!

So why do I speak against civilized ills, wounds, and wrongs?

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About Sid

Abu Siddik is an Assistant Professor in English at Plassey College, Nadia,West Bengal. He is a bilingual author, editor, critic, poet, and storyteller and has been published in India and abroad. He has three critical 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), and two books of poems: Whispering Echoes (Authorspress, 2020), Rugged Terrain (Authorspress, 2020). For more please visit him at www.abusiddik.com

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