They come salivating, the rabid dogs,
They bark at the sight of green oases and blue lakes,
They tell its the sight, the color, the water that tempts them.
They tell its not the surging viral levels in their thoughts,
They romp and stomp, thumping chest of their urges,
But then sometimes, A rabid dog has to be put down.
Before it scampers across biting all, poisoning minds,
Once in a while some examples have to be made of,
Such infecting scourge, To keep the landscapes pristine.
One generation more, One at a time they have to be dealt with,
In their homes. and in the wild streets, One at a time the nights,
have to be swept clean. Till its safe for rivers to flow,
streams to giggle. Have the colours and contours they choose.
For the rabid dogs may salivate, bark and hallucinate,
But then mountain springs and waterfalls must cascade,
Sometimes vaccines may work, sometimes antidotes,
But if they are on loose, biting a crowd, put them down.
One at a time, show them the mirrors and gnarling faces,
Show them the horror, that makes even a rottweiler squeam,
To choose not to be rabid fools but brave guardians of soothing shores.

-shashikala. sasidharan-
All rights reserved as on 26/1/2014

I wrote this poem keeping in mind the scourge of “Rape, Sexual Harassment and Eve Teasing” that women are facing all around the world but the level of its ‘rabidity’ seems to touch skies in our country, so for our Daughters, Mothers and even Grandmothers..let us hope to deal it one at a time in our homes and streets!

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About Shashikala Sasidharan Elambakkattu

Shashikala S. is Post Doctoral Research Fellow at Rutgers University, USA working on developmental genetic and cellbiology. She has a doctorate in Proteomics and Cell Biology (Bio-technology) from Rajiv Gandhi Centre of Biotechnology (DBT), INDIA. And is actively involved with academic research, but poetry and painting are her passion. She writes on the realms of cosmic spirituality,nature's mysticism and egalitarian philosophy. Her poems have been published Kannur University Magazine, Tellicherry, Kerala and in anthologies 'Resonance" by "Poets Artists Unplugged" and "Across The Way" and at https://www.facebook.com/shashikalapoemsandthoughts/

12 thoughts on “Rabid

  1. Rubina Shagin

    Every word written reflects the anguish, disturbed and deeply hurt self every lady in living in so insecure society as ours feels. Dear, this is just another piece of wonderful thoughts flowing out from your blessed mind, and no surprise! !! But what makes it special is that you have penned for all of us… and the words are strong enough.

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