The Erudite….

Irreverent stance,
Apathy in words.

Trying to subtly defeat,
Brainwashing opinions.
Ah! they are trademarks,
Of an erudite psychopath.

The dark wings curious,
Flapping eerily around,
For the moments weak,
To snatch away resolute.

Unqualified observer,
May I know who you are?
What makes thee apart?
That I trust your thoughts.

Reading and hearing,
Feeling and seeing,
Standing indifferent,
To think on my own.

Comprehending, not convincing,
Manipulating, not interpreting.
To know each other well enough,
To not fall into such fickle games.

You and I can checkmate now,
The writer and the reader,
The actor and the spectator,
Two friends we are in mock fight.

January 16, 2016
(c) Shashikala Sasidharan

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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

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