Children

You who surrender your children to the gods

Have you wondered about the repercussions?

Those that grow with heads bent to authorities

How will they conceive of unfettered revolutions?

 

When will the children question your scriptures

Of dangerous myths and needless sanctities?

When would they combat your unfounded claims

How to break the cycles of plutocratic doctrines?

 

You who gift your children to miseducation system

Have you wondered about lifelong consequences?

Those that shape up worldview with falsified histories

How will they challenge their status quo semblances?

 

When will the children demand empowering knowledge

Schools where seeds of resistance grow with purpose

If parents forbid the young to teach world new values –

Of godless society, where folks unite for communistic goals.

 

Send them to the churches, temples, synagogues or mosques

Or feed them to schools, colleges and university halls

Wearing uniforms, attending prayers and consuming TV news

Yet another cohort of obedient fools abiding by neo-Nazi rules

 

You who dream for better tomorrows for future generations

And yet inculcate in children values of selfish aspirations

Long to see your child leave others behind in the rat race

Must live to then perpetuate and strengthen it’s Fascist face! 

 

– Saswat Pattanayak, Peoples’ Poet

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Author: Saswat Pattanayak

Journalist, Generalist, Atheist, Poet, Lover, Photographer, Communist, Third wave Feminist, LGBT ally, Black power comrade, Peacenik, Anti-capitalist, Critical media theorist, Radical film critic, Academic non-elite…

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