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Borders

Borders
We draw them
Around our drawings
That contain them
————–
Those imaginary lines
That we invented
—————
To divide
The equator
The axis
The longitudes
The latitudes
The lines on the map
————–
The borders
————–
Continents
Countries
Disputed
Territories
Capitals
States
Cities
Villages
Fields
Buildings
Compounds
Houses
Rooms
————-
Borders 
In our heart
————–
The people inside
The circle
They’re ours
—————
My youngest
My elder one
My husband
My best frien
My parents
His parents
My brother
My sister
His siblings
My friends
My colleagues
My neighbours
And so on
———–
In a line
Or inside
The border of circles
————
God comes
Somewhere 
In this queue
————–
It’s up to you
To decide
The place
————-
But lines
And borders
Are everywhere
————–
You’re
Catholic Brahmin
Catholic lower cast
Christian
Hindu
Jain
Buddhist
Muslim
————-
There’s
Pecking order
There too
—————
Manglorean
Goan
Mango
Keralite
Tamil
Doesn’t matter
————-
Any Catholic
Or Christian 
Or Hindu
Or else
————–
We discriminate
—————
Whites are ok
Blacks not
——————-
Then there’s 
India
And 
At the other extreme
Pakistan
————
Catholic nations
Christian nations
Hindu
And
MuslIm nations
 
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Our lines and Borders
All determined 
By which circle
Fate placed us in
————–
And sometimes 
By
Our experiences
———–
When
Will it happen?
When?
—————
Those lines
And circles
Cease to exist
————–
When people 
Will be free
To stay
Where they want
Irrespective 
Of the name 
Of the place
On that paper
————–
The name
Of the place
Where they were born
————
The borders
Some of them 
Are fading away
Sense prevailing
People opening
That tiny circle
Inside their heart
To outsiders
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If there are 
No lines
No circles
No borders
———–
The world
It would be different 
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There would be less 
To fight for
Our land
Our country 
Our religion
Our identity 
Might exist
————-
But no circle 
In our heart
To keep away
The outsider

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By Jyothsna DSouza

I’m at home
With my children
With plenty of time
To read, teach, and muse

I believe if you have
The capacity
To do good
And others
They confirm
It is good
If it’s important
For many,
Not one
One must persist
To the end,
Till all one’s
Resources
Are exhausted

Man lives on hope

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