Is it democracy you fight for?

Does being herded on the roads, freezing and shivering in the cold, guarantee the fulfillment of empty promises?

Aalia Suleman January 18, 2013
In the biting, freezing, numbing cold

Men, women and children collect together

Fired up with the zeal, energy and adrenaline

Coursing through their veins

To support....


A vague thought, a very hazy concept.

Democracy? Ideals? Hope for a better future? Security?

Few know, understand or comprehend themselves


The reason

That makes them fervently chant the names

Or raise the collective voice

That they are chanting and raising.

Or the rationale behind why they have put


All their cards on the table, so blindly,

Yet again.

The leaders, however, merrily play

With human emotions, feelings and pride.


For sport, it seems.

They gleefully gamble with the frail hopes

And fragile confidence

That these masses have in these new sailors

Who vow with booming rhetoric

To steer the rotting, sinking civic ship

Out of the eye of the howling, raging storm.


So like all the last leaders,

So like all the last sailors.

The present days unfold

So like all past, similar historical days.

How will this gamble pay off?


No doubt just like all past gambles.

Where the emotions of the millions

Are up for grabs,

Are up for exploitation.

Where the trust of a nation,


Broken and pieced together so many times over the past decades,

Prepares to be broken yet another time.


In a third world nation

No hollow promises can heal the breach,

Nor cover the dark, abysmal distances

Between the haves and the have-nots.

The masses need


Education, awareness, security,

Basic human dignity, values and respect

To reduce the light years between

The ruler and the ruled.


Does being herded on the roads

Like dumb, mindless sheep

Freezing and shivering in the cold and the fog


Guarantee the fulfillment of empty promises

That have never been fulfilled?


Alas, history repeats itself..
Aalia Suleman A freelance writer and poet who is keenly interested in the status of women in 21st century Pakistan. Her writing also zones in on Pakistan's new social and political status on a redefined global chessboard. She has a masters degree in English Literature and blogs and invites debates at 'Socio-politically Pakistani'. She tweets @aaliasuleman (
The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necassarily reflect the views and policies of the Express Tribune.


Rex Minor | 11 years ago | Reply How many Montessori schools are there in Pakistan? Education for what purpose?To learn a specific profession or to become a better human? Rex Minor
Parvez | 11 years ago | Reply Nice imagery. Your clubbing political leaders with sailors was a bit odd, they could be clubbed with the captain, the sailor is but a worker.
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