I am a bystander

I watch mutely the inexorable march of time
I watch wide-eyed the bloody dance of time
I am a bystander
I watch mutely

Fear, disbelief and anger uniting young students
Meted out treatment meant for criminals
I am a bystander
I watch mutely

Women huddle in bitter cold, shocked out of their complacency
Their future and presence a certain uncertainty
I am a bystander
I watch mutely

Venom spewing leaders from the entire spectrum
Laying dead bodies irrespective of religion
I am a bystander
I watch mutely

Tear gas, batons, blazing guns and ineptitude
Atrocities of complicit lawkeepers on innocents
I am a bystander
I watch mutely

Marauding death sweeps in striding purposefully
Mutilating old and young indiscriminately
I am a bystander
I watch mutely

Day in day out a mockery of democracy
I look for a peace pareidolia in the tea leaves
I am a bystander
I watch mutely.

59 thoughts on “I am a bystander

  1. Powerful and in line with past present and future atrocities committed by humans upon each other. I am reading an account of the Armenian genocide and am raging at the silence of super powers at that time to recognise help needed. Again we see blind eyes turned. You write with a pen that bleeds and cuts deep. Well done my friend!

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      1. you are welcome Punam, I can’t write the way your articulate though I feel the anger and injustice, closer to home our politicians are being idiots too!

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  2. Oh Punam! How you capture the feeling of hopelessness of being a single bystander while the atrocities of the world happen all around us. I wish we could all unite and have a voice, but so often we feel we are powerless as individuals. But if we were all not bystanders, and we were not all mute…. Who knows what would happen.

    So very well done ❤️❤️

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  3. I was watching the news tonight Punam, some of the film clips were shocking to say the least…. I do not understand this sort of hatred…. your profound and explicit poem is a powerful statement…well done……. The words to this song were written by W D Yeats, over a century ago…. he’d be shocked..

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  4. This one really touched a nerve with me. You are right. It seems that most countries in the world are out of control politically and I don’t know how we recover. Your poem reminds us that we do just stand by and do not speak up. It might be time to find out voices and take to the streets. Beautifully written Punam 🙂💕

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  5. Our world has been through a lot lately but the most heartbreaking are the ones manufactured/created by man’s foolish ways and behaviors. Its so sad to see young students marching in the streets yelling for something i am sure they clearly are not aware of the reason why. They are being used by some groups with personal interets. These young, smart and intelligent students are easy targets of insinuation and we as adults should always look out for this.

    Very well said Punam

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    1. You are so right, Mich! It is man’s foolish ways that is the cause of most troubles!
      Though not all students allow others to use them. Some of the most important revolutions were a result of students’ uprising! But sadly politicians know how to exploit susceptible minds.
      Thanks a lot, Mich.

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      1. I agree with you Punam. Back in the older days i say the revolutions are really legit..but now, i wonder how many of these people marching are paid, influenced or simply just trying to make a difference..its difficult to tell.

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    2. I agree; there are so many bright minds who have been used as sorry puppets for selfish reasons by the selfish men up there. Their spark is soon turns into a forest fire destroying them, destroying changers of the world. There have been so many revolutions led by students alone and their constancy changed the world for a betterment. I wish that emerges back into our lives again.

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  6. I won’t be a bystander. I have a voice. I choose to speak out. It doesn’t matter what the consequence is. The world may be cruel and the times may be harsh, it is because many people choose to be mute.

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  7. This is beautiful, yet again and brings to the mind a million thoughts. Should I be a bystander and watch the cacophony or should I participate and lose myself in the din? Can I be a bystander yet raise my voice, smartly, as clever as a fox or should I be a bystander invariant to the dance before my eyes! I wonder

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