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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8/9/22, 5:01 PM
It was very wholesome🥰🥰
8/8/22, 5:11 PM
7/28/22, 4:37 PM
Really wonderful piece here.
7/11/22, 1:28 PM
7/8/22, 8:00 AM
Wow. These words hit hard for me, as I has the same experience recently. I really love how you described the feelings and the ending was really amazing. This helped me a lot. Just wow.
I hope you keep on writing.
6/26/22, 1:46 PM
Wow you are so talented! I relate this a lot to my paternal grandfather who passed away two years ago and is very similar to yours. Sometimes family can judge you but I agree you should learn to live in the present and be happy with out having a fancy job/being married. Keep up the great work!
6/22/22, 8:15 PM
You've done a wonderful job here.
Your intricate descriptions of the race and the emotions conferred by it is excellent.
6/22/22, 8:13 PM
6/22/22, 8:09 PM
You've done a beautiful work here.
The flow of the story, the gripping emotions it enthralls the reader with, it's very wonderful.
Thank you for this.
6/18/22, 6:08 AM
This write-up is absolutely amazing. It made me realize why I am who I am, and I could also relate a lot. Hope you never stop writing, and I hope to read a full-length book from you soon!<3
6/17/22, 2:50 AM
It was so good to read..i really liked the description the storyline ,the plot ,everything 👍
6/7/22, 3:25 PM
This piece is a beautiful reminder of how ugly teenage years can be. It's real and it hurts but it's so good. Please never stop writing!