Critical Love

I. The Visionary

Don’t you force me to fall in love with you
I tell you, I have more cardinal works to do
I am no Quixotic, nor am I other-worldly
Can’t sing serenade, to your billet-doux, I can’t reply

Several problems are there, and they are yet to be solved
Many a scabrous decisions are to be resolved
Any scruple over falling in love is no Guardian Knot
I’m at no dilemma as to fall in love or not

Let me make it trenchant to you
That love’s not for me
The cloud-cuckoo-land is not my home
I am no day-dreamer you see

Here I witness million souls
Pinched, homeless and starving
How can I be an imposter to
Act as if not listening?

I bear no grudge that you feel complacent
But its heinous to say that the world is content
I’m pragmatic, can’t run away from the world
For the sake of your love, for, I am no coward

I can leave you for the sake of the world
I shall live for the society, mark my word
They are self-centred, who do otherwise
Die for the world alone, that’s no vice

II. The Dreamer

Love is only giving away, sans expecting
Love is doubling the joys; about caring and sharing
Knowing each other completely, and still liking-
Through the thick and thin; its about forgiving

Your love has taught me, has inspired me
Now that I am in love with you, it has shown me –
the ways to convert these dreams into realities
To attempt at making people reside in peace

III. The Lover

In this world, there cannot be another
Who can beat me in loving you better
Than the way can I shower love upon you,
For none can love you, the way, I love you!

– Saswat Pattanayak, Peoples’ Poet


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