30/2017: Break

I can see them try to break you,
this other, a thing that exists
outside the comfort of what they
think they know
too scared to see you
and their face reflected in your eyes.

To look those powerful eyes,
that allow no lies,
and ask them to stare at the
hate that they made into
“alternative love.”

A love for fear,
for the words of a man,
who saw division as the
way to built unity.

I see them try to break you,
and I know this truth
they will not claim,
that you cannot be broken.

For when you feel weary
and tired, and just about
to break – remember that
I am beside you,
my strength is yours
and my words are yours.

So when you are about to break
remember that
you are allowed to take breaks,
you do not have to be the end,
you are not alone.

I see them try to break you,
and cry because they are breaking,
and you are wrapped in the power
of us and you will never break.

© Manivillie Kanagasabapathy


Day 93: Fly (3)

I wish I could lock you in my heart,

Protect you within these gilded walls,

So that you feel no pain, no fear, no terror,

All you would be surrounded by is the strength of my love,

Titanium strong and unbreakable.

But gilded walls are still cages,

And one day, I will still have to let you fly

Hoping that your wings have the strength

I see in you.

© Manivillie Kanagasabapathy


Artist: Ada Cheung (age 17)



Day 76: Can of Worms

I wonder if it began like this
The reason we flew
“Harmless” words and names
Thrown with purposeful intent.
A belief in humanity
Our compassion to overcome
Divisive acts of terror
Cloaked in political showmanship.
Theatrical smoke and mirrors
Smoky hazes to hide empty performances
Of morality and concern
Gilded tongues of spoilt men
Mute voices of the “others”
Convincing them that they don’t matter
Their safety renounced
To reclaim the glory of a nation
“Of the people, by the people, for the people”

© Manivillie Kanagasabapathy

AN: I think it’s impossible not to be influenced by the elections in the USA right now. As one of the most powerful, if not the powerful, nation right now, every decision taken by the citizens has implications for all nation-states. Makes me remember that all dissension began with a few divisive voices.