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Catch yourself slipping away.

Deep  breath. 

Close the browser. silence the mobile and turn it away.

Open an offline-real-paper diary. Stop your thighs from lolling impatiently. Stay still. 

Pick up a pen awkwardly. ahh, the fingers are stiff. It will take a  while for them to get used to holding a pen. Quick finger exercise - open the palm, stretch finger outwards, close into a fist, dig the fingers in. Repeat.
Ok now.. about to pick up the pen again, but eyes dart towards the screen. Tempted to check email.

Shut up. The last consequential email came two months ago. Nothing of consequence is online.

Pick up the pen. Don't fetishize the object now. Get on with it. Put it on paper, write a word and start it already. If I get to a sentence, perhaps I will get into a flow and won't have to look up from the paper at all. 

One sentence later.

Ahh. That was good. I am feeling good about myself. The sentence makes sense. …
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Saffron vortex of hatred and the man

In the middle of the maelstrom, the saffron vortex of hatred,
The man stands battered, by swirling dust of ignorance
eyes stinging from all that wide-eyed and yet blind outraging
ashamed by his smallness
ready to lash out impotently
against his own interest
against his own people.
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Flag bearers must be blind
for if they had eyes,
they would desert
to join the throng
at the sidelines
screaming to stop the madness.

But how can they stop anything
without getting sucked into the vicious vortex?

unfortunately the only thing the blind understand
is the remorseless fist.
and the ones with open eyes at the sidelines
can't close their palms into fists
without succumbing to that old human malady - remorse and guilt.
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Who with open eyes will take up the challenge
of raising and raining fists in-spite of the remorse and the guilt
against the hate engineers, the profiteers of commotion, the instigators of dust storms?