Non Grata


New words come to life
Bringing quizzical looks along
The old ones ignited lasting strife–
Peace couldn’t last through a song..

A lamb is but an apocryphal symbol
Trumpeted by a ‘ wolf in sheep’s clothing ‘.
A sage counselling is heard to fumble
Overwhelmed by the spate of loathing:

New phrases and idioms have had their fill
But none is seen merited to aptly fit the bill
” Not meaty enough to weather the storm “–
As even lore and fables have failed to reform…

Where words of wisdom are doomed to fail
Altruism retreats– letting cynicism prevail
Morality outmoded leaves the preacher truly aghast
And the messiah can only trust his epitaph to last !


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About Kumaara Sukeja

As for my bio-tidbits, had studied English Literature for my B.A ( Hons.) degree in the 70s.Dad was a writer and a journalist of repute in the vernacular media in his time. There were also others before him in the family who had celebrated works in their names in the Kanarese, the local language.I was fascinated by Ogden Nash for one for his originality. Among the literary devices, I have almost a weakness for Alliteration and Rhyme schemes also come easy to me. As one grows mellow with age—I am Sixty–I guess, Empathy is one virtue that develops in the character, naturally, after shedding a lot of flab throughout the years…Although my name is Ramesha, I prefer to write under my pen name.

5 thoughts on “Non Grata

  1. VijayNair

    One one level,this thought- provoking poem lyrically delineates the inadequacy of even’ new’ words,idioms,and phrases to express convincingly and forcefully contemporary thoughts and feelings.


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