Bijay Kant Dubey

Imaginary Homelands: Essays And Criticism - Poem by Bijay Kant Dubey

Imaginary homelands
People by imaginary people,
Dream children
Debating state, nationhood, constitution,
Charter, bill, resolution,
The roots of friction, fissure, fission and fusion,
Religion, faith, fanaticism,
Coloniality, post-coloniality,
Constructing, deconstructing it all.

Ego, hypocrisy, prejudice, bias,
Indigenous cultures and their social affiliations,
Sectarian beliefs and motifs,
Archetypal myth and mysticism,
Cutting the cultural ice of the self
And the psyche denoting the community,
Patriarchy and its bindings upon,
So hegemonic and upper-handy
Downing the feminine spirit.

His mood and mentality of criticism,
Examining of the self with know thyself,
Judging freedom of speech and expression,
How free the press,
The zeitgeist of the age,
The spirit and the times of it,
Conflicting and inflicting upon,
Crucial times of crisis
With time-bud upheavals.

The ragged fought and liberated,
But frenzy and fanaticism divided it,
The dream children of freedom
Struggled to cope with the idea
Of imaginary homelands,
Migrating, populating
And deserting to be away from
Their own places of loyalties,
Allegiances and affinities.

The Partition drama,
What did they get it from
Uprooting the innocent people from their lands,
The roots of nativity and family lineage,
What, what did they from politics
So narrow and ismic,
Was it the plan of a nationalist
Or a patriot or a freedom eh fought
The movement with some dream and aspiration
Or was it the handiwork of a fanatic?

Topic(s) of this poem: art

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Poem Submitted: Monday, February 10, 2020

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