“Respect is commanded
can never be demanded
nor can it be bought”
is the lesson I learned
in my growing years discerned
and it was, as it was taught.
So, I took it as truth
yes, the absolute truth
and the lesson was well served
for with the people I interacted
respect was attracted
if and only if deserved.
Now respect’s become a commodity
and lawlessness not a liability
all is needed is purchasing power
and high regard will follow
from the sycophant and the shallow
for lucre is a sure guarantor.
Mobocracy has become acceptable,
the assailant, respectable
while the lawful has become suspect
the honest are disparaged
their integrity ravaged (demolished)
and the crook’s given respect.
Criminals are assured protection
against them are brooked no objection
crime-busters, instead, are set aside
sycophancy is rewarded
compliance is awarded
and trouble-makers are given a berth wide.
The powerful cannot be censured
what’s to be read is now censored
report friendly or get axed
be nothing but a puppet
Got intellect? Stuff it!
independence gets you sacked.
I cry for you Calcutta
as you face this confounding trauma
I cry for you West Bengal
once the land of the independent thinker
(who’d envision them in the ‘clinker’! [jail])
now being disrobed of that wherewithal. (ability)