Poetry 2018 Longlist, Shishir Marathey


I’m just a tourist in the city of this strange thoughts

A place without hope where my philanthropic brain rots

Waking up to grief and pain sleeping in a stained coffin

People lacking smartness because living’s not a paid job

All the emotions vanished now wickedness is way common

This world is too beautiful but pretty things can’t change all

Following the foot prints, walking on bridges made of dead lost

Dreams, so every decision that’s made wrong is a ticket to the hell y’all

Place full of imbecile minds, idiotic views dude

Internet is an alchemist, media is voodoo

Surrounded by broken dreams and disconsolate boohoos

Government is a mad bull loose in a pasture

Wheel should be moving forward they’re moving it backwards

People are slaves to the lies the government is feeding them

Only freedom that the slaves get is to choose their master

They’re hoping for a big house and a perfect way of life

But they’re roaming with a big mouth and corrupted state of mind

Don’t want to work hard, easy money is the purpose day and night

And they wonder why the snugness fades from sight

Relations are insignificant, money’s what they kill for

Egocentric attitude, everybody’s filth swarmed

They say you write your own life, every book is a grimoire

This is habitat of the demons, land of the sinners

All the madness and evilness masked with a grin and

Rashness and meanness is true attribute of people

And every man’s in agreement with absence of feelings

A stone labelled as heart is placed in the chest cavity

The dome’s scary and dark with messed up mentality

Looking at the future through the lense of evolution, less clarity

It is evident this questionable revolution ends tragically

I’m just a tourist who is stuck in this strange spot

Where pain, misery and suffering is self-brought

Where people always expecting something that they ain’t got

Loyalty, honesty, forgiveness and grace is lost

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