For how long

I talk of love, purity
I am a sissy
I talk of caprice, vice
hatred, bombs, weapons;
am smart, taken seriously.

I worship Messiahs and Saints,
chanting their words, I am all in tears,
while on the field, they’re redundant, in vain
for there, I follow the stillborn Hitler.

I take occasional vacations
go in the lap of nature.
While every part of it is a giver
I am a snatcher, taker
or, to say the least, a beggar.

Mountains and rivers
deserts, seas and oceans
have treasures to offer.
By design, we distribute their fruition
to make the rich richer, the poor poorer,
if I turn around and say it’s vulgar
I become the bad Peter.

Whatever I do, I compare, judge and compete
who is more peaceful, more harmful
between me and you,
how I can war, win and defeat!
Nature’s acceptance is total and complete,
it doesn’t recognise any warfare,
it shares, takes care and repeats.

Mistakes such as these
abound in scores and dozens, 
repeated in time and space
paradise, by choice, has become a prison.
For how long, one doesn’t
know, will this failing game continue,
for how long, without logic, atonement and reason
will we have to beat the blues? 

© supratik 2020
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A well-written poem, Supratik, with a strong, constant voice and some interesting phrases and important messaging. Using capital letter line-starts does though confuse the punctuation. Should the penultimate line end with a question mark, or should the last line start: “Will we have to…..” instead, and then question mark? (At the end of the poem, placing the curser after “….blues.” and Entering a couple of times, even placing a full stop after the first Enter if the space isn’t retained on Saving, will keep the poem away from those obtrusive blue Twitter and + symbols, and keep the piece more… Read more »


The “Enter” key on keyboards is usually quite large, in the middle, far right of the keyboard, and either says “Enter” or has a symbol of an arrow going down a line and turning left. Placing the curser after the last line of your poem and then pressing on the Enter key twice will give more space between your poem and those Twitter and + symbols, making it present better. (Adding a almost unnoticeable “full stop” after one of the “Enters” is sometimes needed as on “Saving” the changes, it cancels the spacing you’ve just put in.)

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