For the Co-opting Race

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The bandwagon,
And their proprietors, legion,

Time is a snail
Truth is a prism
Circles, shape, colours,
Sounds, you cannot fathom.

Lights, you cannot see
Smells, you refuse to breathe in
Rhymes, you ignore
Faces, you spit on
Flights, you reject
Places, you forget
Lives, you mock.

Rivers and rain, you
Cannot get soaked in,
Words and speech
That you strangle.

To steal everything
I keep safe in my
Little cotton pocket
And ensure you shine
By using it
By opposing it.

Goirick Brahmachari’s debut collection of poems, For the Love of Pork (Les Editions du Zaporogue, Denmark) won the Muse India – Satish Verma Young Writer Award (Poetry) 2016. He is also the winner of the Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize, 2016. Other collections of verses by Brahmachari include joining the dots, 2016, Wet Radio and Other Poems, 2017 and A Broken Exit, 2019. He is currently working on two collaborative volume of verses titled The Nightwalkers along with Debarshi Mitra and Non Tribal/ Tribal with Avner Pariat. His poems and essays have appeared in various journals, magazines, blogs and pamphlets.