Poetry: Evil Elders by Iftekhar Sayeed



evil elders
 
I must learn evil
from my elders
who are evil
 
born under evil
over fifty years
ago
 
born under foreign
yoke
they learned evil
from their masters
 
they learned
to reject our ways
and yet
retain our ways
 
such as learning
from elders
not contradicting
them
respecting
them
 
when they preach
before my bowed
head
that we are equal
for so the white
man had said





Iftekhar Sayeed teaches English. He was born and lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has contributed to The Danforth Review, Axis of Logic, Enter Text, Postcolonial Text, Southern Cross Review, Opednews.com, Left Curve, Mobius, Erbacce, Down In The Dirt, The Fear of Monkeys and other publications. He is also a freelance journalist.

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