Do we need the idiot box to deodorize
Living rooms after every second show
With: “My country is great”? Or, is my friend
Who uncoils fifty push-ups or more,

Right in what he claims: “The idiot box is
Actually meant for those who hang about
With fast-food dinner on their cheeks and tongues
Dangling out, and suffer heartburn and gout”?

Maybe we should be more open-minded —
Lock-up memories in the attic. Impose
A curfew on the tyranny of truth —
Release terrified doves to the applause

Of smart tracksuits, pre-paid scribes, T.V. crew —
Run to show how much we love our country:
After all, see, everyone is running
Running to save our country.

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About VijayNair

I retired as Associate Professor, Department of English, Government Victoria College Palakkad, Kerala. I taught English Language and Literature in various colleges for 31 years. My Ph.D. thesis was on the plays of Wole Soyinka. My collections of verse include "The City and the Hermitage" (1988), "Doors Swing Open" (2008), "Eyes" (2010) and "Whispers of Light in Darkness" (2013). My poems have also appeared in the International Anthologies "I am a Poet" (2013), "With Love" (2013), "Synthesis" (2014) "Poetic Symphonies" (2015) and "Heavenly Hymns" (2015).

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