“Universal” people

With protected armed borders,
Secure lives,
Safe houses and lands,
You have a State,
A Nationality …

We are driven from one border
To the other
Like Rohingyas
Seeking shelter …

Or, anxiously waiting to escape heavy bombing
And gunfire fdrom the other side
Like Palestinians …

Or, reduced to less than humans
Without a state
Like Kashmiris …

Or, constantly struggling
For our living
Like Standing Rock Sioux tribes …

No permanent shelter
No land to claim as our own
No peace in our lives
No Nationality …

We are ‘universal’ people
With common problems
And hardships …

Common agenda –
Struggle for Justice
Against oppressive State
And totalitarian rule …!

The writer is from anywhere and everywhere. Read other articles by Sheshu.