I despise you, all my teachers

Hell with all my education

You taught me how to respect and worship

Searching for noble manners

I pause and fumble.


Secular Beard

You are not hair

 growing on the chin and the lower cheeks of a man’s face

Do not grow unknowingly…

With the name you carry

You will be a saint, a philosopher

a lover and a terrorist.

“Shave it off, fit in

avoid suspicious eyes”

My parents cautioned.

“Be a secular Indian”

my bosom friend,

a communist nair preached.

“Let it grow, be a Muslim”

My religion advised.

“You look beautiful without it”

my girl friends honeyed

Secularism, religion and beauty

Oh!!! Loaded terms

Can you beard these travesties?



About artinlit

Muhammed Saleem. P.M.M.Phil Scholar in Pondicherry University.
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