Plague and Prejudice
by Bibek Limbu (India)
Audio: "Plague and Prejudice," read by David Keohane
Our air has been poisoned;
polluted with particles we are advised not to breathe
(a virus, a plume of smoke, an empty can of tear gas).
Banners hang from broken windows like demands, like proclamations, like pleas for something better.
Hands that once felt too small to lift burdens
are now clenched into fists, clasped around protest signs
and intertwined with those of their neighbors.
Our cities are in ruins; saturated in gasoline and ignorance
(both equally destructive).
We live in a world where storms do not always come from the skies
but instead come in waves, in floods,
causing earthquakes with footsteps and thunder with tongues.
Escaping from solitude to paint slogans on bricks; shouting from sidewalks, chanting for change.
Blink the flames from your irises and carry on; because voices are best heard in unison.
Bibek Limbu, 18, is a poet who finds inspiration in nature, family, friends, and everyday life. He draws on personal experience and writes his heart out.
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3/15/23, 5:10 PM
I am seeing all of your comments, and BLESS YOU ALL, thank you so much for wishing me well on this journey, your kind words will certainly help me get there! ❤️❤️
Here's my linkedin, just in case:
I hope I can do that lol
3/13/23, 3:01 AM
3/10/23, 6:30 PM
You write beautifully and with so much passion. Wonderful writing Taieba,
2/28/23, 3:57 PM
"I am trying to tell you wish I were a boy
but you mis-trans-late the words and hear
wish I were less of a girl." This is my favourite statement from here! A trans-formative piece :)
2/28/23, 5:26 AM
What a wonderful piece of writing! I cannot wait to see how you will change the world for the better with your words! I am proud of you and am even prouder to call you my friend!
2/27/23, 11:43 PM
Fun to read, causing me to want to make one of these creations and the devour the result. Sophia, thanks for sharing your creativity with us
Lilies and Peonies
2/27/23, 7:00 PM
Wow, you have been through so much. What a terrible time to be living through, so many lives broken, lost, or insecure because of the war. I'm praying for you that God would protect you and your family, and that he would keep you until the war ends.
2/27/23, 4:58 PM
Sophia is my granddaughter and I am very, very proud of her and her writings. I am sure we will be seeing a lot more of her written words in the future!
2/24/23, 7:41 PM
How do I add a poem? <3
2/21/23, 6:39 AM
Amazing writing here. I love the force this piece gives. You write so creatively.
2/21/23, 6:37 AM
Congratulations on getting published!
2/20/23, 10:55 PM
This is IT!