Bashyam Narayanan


Corrosive Communications - Poem by Bashyam Narayanan

C0rrosive communications
Corrosion is a cause for failure of
Metal structures and utensils
This, slow, but steady, chemical process
Eats away in small instalments
And has the potential to devour even
Heavily built, once-thought-to-be very strong,
Supportive columns and pillars
Society is such a thoughtfully developed
Infrastructure, with an innumerable
Components, diversified in thoughts and
Ways of living
One seed of corrosion is strong enough
To divide this social structure
Into groups of similar components and
And destroy the entire co-existence
We frequently see such communications
From people, who matter
Triggering someone else to counter with a
Still dangerous corrosive verbal expression
If this practice continues and / or is allowed to continue
The day is not far
When the entire fabric of society collapses
Leaving behind a number of warring groups
Harmonious co-existence
The very essence of civilized living
Becomes a phrase only with no iota of reality
No need to emphasize that
Violence-promoting talks come to an end soon
The Government, though has the power,
Hesitates to act
Fearing a backfire,
As no one is sure how many are there
N the society, who endorse such communications
Apparently silent majority may turn vociferous and violent
Leading to total turmoil and to an uncontrollable
Law and order issue
Government's acting, notwithstanding,
The onus is on individuals, who command respect from
And who have a following
To refrain from such communications so that
The society is allowed to enjoy its
Peaceful, harmonious and progressive co-existence
They should also know how to ignore,
If persons on the other side come out
With violent outbursts and tell them that
Silence is stronger than aggressive expressions


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, February 9, 2013

Poem Edited: Saturday, February 9, 2013


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