The Story Of Us

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Mesmerized
Traumatized
Ostracized
And chastised

Breathing air
Filled with lies
Vengeful words
In disguise

Fairytales
Broken hearts
Juxtaposed
Miles apart

All your smiles
Laced with spite
Covert looks
Pure-bred blight

Ticking clocks
Out of sync
Broken pens
Lacking ink

Symphonies
Jarring sounds
Hunting me
Packs of hounds

When will you
Break these walls
Answer me
Not their calls

Time to stop
Take a look
Is this one
For the books

Read between
Wordless lines
Shed the dark
Let it shine

Fools we are
Chasing ghosts
Leaving what
Matters most

Realize
Recognize
Empathize
Synchronize

– Yousuf Bawany, February 2017

The Choice Is Yours

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Is it not easy to
Point your finger at me
When you don’t even know
The things that made me be?

Is it not easy to
Spin tall tales and white lies
Shatter the good image
I’ve built in people’s eyes?

Is it not easy to
Place the blame in my rack
I’d rather you kill me
Than stab me in the back?

Is it so hard to be
Kind, honest and caring
Rid our hearts of hatred
Love friends and foes akin?

– Yousuf Bawany, August 2015