Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi

Let Me Be What I Am! - Poem by Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi

When I warn you not to steal,
You want me to be a thief,
So we shall be in the same pirate boat.

When I advise you not to smoke,
You offer me a cigarette and a coke,
So we shall be in the same unhealthy boat.

When I ask you to be monogamous,
You winked at me to be a polygamous,
So we shall be in the drowning boat.

When I request you to be generous,
You ask my purse to be zipped to be stingy,
So we shall be in the boat with no grace.

When I suggest you can change for good in economy,
You retaliate and ask me to be bad in philosophy,
So we shall be in the modern boat,
That is circling on the spot,
Committed and tied to the anchors,
To wake up to row endlessly and,
The satisfaction is guaranteed,
while the country may not be safe,
for democracy, them, you and me.

Comments about Let Me Be What I Am! by Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi

  • (2/18/2013 8:41:00 AM)


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  • Patricia Grantham (2/14/2013 6:39:00 PM)

    Nice poem, thanks and be yourself (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (2/14/2013 9:53:00 AM)

    Preaching onething and practising another has been a dominant trait in man from time immemorial. How we wish, there had been lesser gulf between words we profess and actions we carry out! A great poem, Veeraiyah! ! (Report) Reply

  • (2/13/2013 5:45:00 AM)

    when we ask the governments to be transparent, they bribe us during election to vote for them in the form of subsidies, loan for education, housing and many more, if we accept their terms and condition, the people will become the part of the conspiracy. It is happening in the third world politically. actually this is a poem which talks about various issues, which we think that these are normal, but these problems should be rectified sooner or later. (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (2/13/2013 5:15:00 AM)

    I enjoyed the repeated boat metaphors. Sounds like a troublesome individual you have to deal with there.
    Good poem! !
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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Poem Edited: Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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