We, The People by Nalini Priyadarshni

We, who sit straddle, must move

Shake off complacency

And take sides

by either  queuing outside defunct ATMs

with moaning mob gather to collect

Their pittance outside cashless banks

Or pooh, pooh their growling stomachs

Pinched faces, sore legs and broken spirits


Selfish beasts! Why can’t they

Just die in national interest

Collateral damage for greater good

Soldiers do it all the time

Why can’t women and children too?

Ungrateful, unpatriotic nincompoops


No bridging this ever widening chasm

between plastic money, cashless transactions

and obsolete cash with no respite in sight

so dissent and speak up even if it’s the last thing you do

For when we do not speak up for the oppressed

We side up with the tyrant


Nalini Priyadarshni is the author of Doppelganger in My House (2016) and co author of Lines Across Oceans (2015).  Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and international anthologies including Mad Swirl, Camel Saloon, Dukool, In-flight Magazine, Poetry Breakfast, The Riveter Review, The Open Road Review and The Yellow Chair. Her forthcoming publications include Sacred Women in the Anti-violence movement: Anthology and Your One Phone Call. 


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