REVERENCE

REVERENCE

Order, order, order! Society growls

People fear the sound and stick to poles

Who neither bear shade nor sprout

Rustling bamboos whistle and shout

The harbingers of change crumble under clouds

Taboos frighten in the garb of reverence

Love slips away from the dwelling of owls

Hawks spear the blood with bashing sound

Warblers neither sing nor proud

Songs of change dread the mighty gods

Intellect lost in unidentified crowd

Heated hatred inflames goodness

Undue reverence encages happiness

Even jingling bells confuse the temples

Choose reverence or love; think aloud

Let the peace around!

Love the love surround!

Let the reverence drown!

POEM BY: SHAHBAZ MALIK

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