Lesser of Two Evils

A Donkey

and

A Buffalo

parade before the sheep

staking claim

to rule

 

Says the buffalo,

Brothers and friends

I’m one of you

You’ve given me a chance

Give me one more

I’ll make sure

we sheep

roar like lions

 

The donkey shuffles,

as uncomfortable

as it could ever be

Calls the fallacy

of the Buffalo

as the undeniable truth

Forgets its lines

Forgets

that it’s just a

Donkey

 

The buffalo guffaws

Silly donkey,

How dare you?

Trying to be a lion

Do you even have

A fifty-six inch

chest?

 

The donkey bristles

My great-grandpa was a lion

My grandma was a lion

My pa,

God rest his soul

was a lion

Stupid buffalo

I’ll lead the sheep

It’s my destiny

 

Listen Donkey,

I’ve introduced

many schemes

Made the sheep

feel lions’ pride

Idiotic ass

Just because

your forefathers claimed

to be lions

Wouldn’t change

your genes

 

Useless buffalo,

Your history is

Painted with sheep blood

How dare you

claim to be

One of them?

 

Blood in my history

Blood money in yours

Don’t you know that

Money talks?

Naïve donkey

Hung up on

Escape velocity

of the untouchable sheep!

 

Blind stubborn buffalo

Harping on your

flopped ideas

and fundamentalism!

Fudging GDP

and economic growth

Money’s still black

like the insides

of your saffron coated heart

Yet here you are

thumping your fifty-six inch chest

to a tune

that isn’t the truth!

 

The sheep bleat

in  characteristic chorus

Is our fate so pitiful?

Reduced to vote for

A donkey

or

A buffalo,

self-proclaimed

saviors of sheep

surrounded by hyenas,

to lead us?

 

 

Ideals be damned!

Issues be damned!

Sheep be damned!

When did it become

a Sophie’s choice?

All we could is

bleat and be civil

Accept the black ink and

select the

Lesser of two EVILS!

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40 thoughts on “Lesser of Two Evils

  1. An interesting poem. You brought out the contrast between brute strength and stupidity really well. I guess this was more aligned to the Indian political scene but enjoyable all the same.

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    1. The answer lies with the sheep right? The problem is once a sheep steps up to rule it becomes a buffalo, or a donkey, or a wolf. That’s the unfortunate reality. Thanks for the very kind words, Anagha. 🙂

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    1. Unfortunately, it’s still gonna be the buffalo or the donkey, right? Sad state of affairs. Thank you for the kind comment, Obsessivemom 🙏

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  2. Brilliant. Today before you declared the 56 inch chest verse, I could guess whom you were referring to. Thank God I could understand your poetry today. I am happy with myself. This one was excellent, Varad. Indeed we are the sheep, who are really confused whom to choose.

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    1. Thank you, Parul. It’s just not our system that has failed. We humans fall into just two categories – the controllers and the controlled. This has been the truth from time immemorial. Unfortunately for us, the controllers wield far more control over the other sort. All we do is dutifully follow, just like sheep.

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  3. One of my personal faves from you, Varad! The joke sadly is on the people. Always! I loved the Donkey and Buffalo reference to our current Indian political leaders and this one is a contemporary political fable. Sign of the current times. You must get into writing seriously…be it screenplays, political satires, thriller novels…the sky is the limit. Great going!

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    1. Thank you for your very kind words, Tina. This one has been bubbling inside for a while and the prompt was just apt for it to come bursting out. I’m glad you liked it. 🙂

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  4. Omg varad.. Incredibly genius. How u started and how u ended. I never could make out. Initially i thought a new aesop’s Fables, and wow, u made us all think. Love this new avatar of yours. Wednesday morning i wake up to wisdom.

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