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Villanelle: The dilemma of the non-violent - Part One

BY T. Wignesan

Villanelle: The dilemma of the non-violent – Part One

The dilemma of the non-violent
How best to withstand the misuse of force
The nonchalant imbued with mal-intent

Be it your neighbour or your own parent
The country cult sect religion or race
The dilemma of the non-violent

The more you bear in silence your tyrant
The more he’ll rally his rights to enforce
The nonchalant imbued with mal-intent

And if you so much as by instinct relent
Fail own family to protect perforce
The dilemma of the non-violent

Krishna to Arjuna: non-attachment*
Panacea for all abuse of force
The nonchalant imbued with mal-intent

Either way done for in this firmament
Victim or oppressor without remorse
The dilemma of the non-violent
The nonchalant imbued with mal-intent

• The philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita (Song of God)

© T. Wignesan – Paris, 2015

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