Thou shalt… by Rajnish Mishra

I have managed to stay alive; yes,
till now.
So, I should know.

I’ve lied a thousand times,
and one.
Not liking it sometimes.

Done it well every time.
That gives me the right to preach,
to pontificate, even.

What do I tell my child?
Should I ask her never to tell lies?
Then how will she survive in this world?

Should I command her to tell lies then?
It increases the chances of survival,

It’s settled. I’ll train her in the science,
or arts,
of hypocrisy, corruption, lies and deceit.


©2018 Rajnish Mishra


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Rajnish Mishra is a poet, writer, translator and blogger born and brought up in Varanasi, India and now in exile from his city. His work originates at the point of intersection between his psyche and his city. He edits PPP Ezine. He has a blog on poetry, poetics and aesthetic pleasure:


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