We Are Third World

By | Sandeep Kumar Mishra

3 Poems

Although we are forefathers of self acclaimed
first world nations but we are third world
In their so called socioeconomic indexes
and other “modernity is the real development” indices,
We don’t do dinner parties but dream of a well fed day

Our Children study on the floor of old public school
know the other world by the greenery and
figures hung on its pale walls,
They wish to run on the velvet grass
Instead of rag picking every morning
They recognise the outline of a dark futuristic structure
In a pattern of present dots of daily burdens,
In the tragic repetitions of a homeland song
He dreams of a young entrepreneurship but
A termite death hollows out the roots of endeavour

You say to our men”Keep It In Your Pants!”
And to the women, “Lock Your Knees!”
But here sex is the only amusement
For a three minutes of relief we are ready to repent for life

Although Some taxable souls fashion to run charity The poor wears tattered clothes
But rich wear them to look different
There is an agreement between the person sitting in the car
And the poor begging for some help

Devalued lives Full of shadows Of slaves
Where poverty live with out evacuation
We are caught here in the web of the foreign aid spiders
We prop up this capitalising protuberance
and force feed the bourgeois class

Civil war is source of political life and death, We have failed to understand the kind of battlefield
we are in and our weapons to deal with it,
our educated mind demands freedom of expression
but never tried to know the difference between our skin and our lips

We are a nation that sighs and cries for debt relief,
A divided country, Brainwashed by anti-propaganda
It’s leaders becoming millionaires every second,
And the people, poorer every minute,
The land filled with milk and honey, still cries “no money”

Here the self styled media with fake morality
Aiming for PR and controversy
interview a petty thought repeatedly to make it a philosophy,
In the name of so called minority
every news is labelled with religious stamp
highlighting the immoral as a face of nation
belittle the good-intentions

Sex and violence is a new form of entertainment
big lawyers and corporations openly
influence in the demo-crazy capitals to gain huge profits
Is this injustice with poverty and suffering
not a clear indication of false thoughts
that argue over a Third World at this juncture.

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