Creative Writing Poetry

Poetry published – I cannot tell the difference

I am happy to say that my poem, ‘I cannot tell the difference’ has been published by Rebelle Society. A big thank you to the society for considering it worthy of publication and for doing a great job with the editing.

You can read the poem by clicking the link below (it looks better on the laptop screen than on the mobile screen).

I cannot tell the difference 

If you like, agree or disagree with the poem, please do not forget to leave a comment. The society wasn’t sure how the poem would be received given the current times. So your comment would help them in gauging the reaction. Thank you in advance.


George Floyd

I am shocked into silence
I have been here before —
A dark place — where the senses go numb
Like my fingers holding ice, a stinging pain first, then nothing
And a question, “Have we come far?”
If ‘Yes’ be the answer, then “How far?”
There are things I do not understand
And presumption would be wrong
like the neighbors who brought down the tree
Its roots had spread under the earth on which stood their home
My heart sees no difference
In the killing of George Floyd in the United States
and that of infants and mothers in Afghanistan
But they tell me it is because I am secular
Like it is a bad thing
but I found no difference
in the killing of eight-year-old Kathua in Kashmir
And 23-year-old Nirbhaya in Delhi
Which one was worse, I do not know
But what I know is, it’s no longer enough
That I pray for me and mine alone
For we live in a world under attack
From blind racists and wild forest fires
Barbaric rapists and ravaging cyclones
I see no difference
If the perpetrators are not booked
Black or white, uniformed or not
Educated or imbecile, elite or commoner
Hindu, Muslim, Christian, whatever
My brain says, “Murder is murder.”

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11 comments on “Poetry published – I cannot tell the difference

  1. Vineetha Brijesh

    Congratulations Smitha. Beautifully penned.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Your words are unseen daggers Smitha… no wonder they said “pen is mightier than a sword!” They go straight into my heart. Kudos for writing a poem about the burning issues of the day. Human behavior is the same all over the globe, developed or underdeveloped!

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    • I’m so glad the poem hit home. Your words are as always encouraging. I had to write this poem for me. The whole thing is so disturbing that it should happen in broad daylight, in public view and nobody could save him.
      Request you to please add your comment on the linked page as well so that rebelle society knows the poem is being read in the right light. 🙏💕

      Liked by 1 person

  3. A very passionate poem, Smitha. Congratulations on your wonderful achievement.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Nothing less expected out of you .Congrats for getting your poem selected ….

    Liked by 1 person

  5. blindzanygirl

    You have described exactly how I feel.

    Liked by 1 person

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