As a child
they would teach us
about the boundaries
to the west lies pakistan, not punjab
to the east lies bangladesh not bengal
so we would trace the lines and draw them
distincting what's ours, what's not
but they never told us
that borders exist here too
that lines are drawn all around our lives distinguishing us from them. yours from mine. we from us. 'don't go there. that's where the poor dwell' said the rich.
'don't disobey or we will make you pay' said the society.
'don't take allah's name. he is not our god to pray.' said the extremists.
they never taught us
to fly like a bird
to break free, when caged
they always taught us
to draw boundaries and lines
to distinguish what's ours and what's not
to create borders even between the gods