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.
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