Fascism doesn’t arrive
Goose-stepping in jackboots
Blaring trumpets
It insinuates itself
Slowly, stealthily, silently
It is a state of mind

I start by
Being neutral
And end by
Being neutered:
No thoughts
No opinions
No ideas
Except those of
Big Brother

Follow the leader is
What I excel at:
I follow him
Right into my own mind

This poem first appeared on Sunder and Sonati’s blog, Anhad Ka Baaja. Read the original here

Sunder and Sonati have been living and growing a forest on a small piece of land in Thekambattu in rural Tamil Nadu for the last 20 years. You can read their blogs here and here

Featured image credit: Pariplab Chakraborty