Ordinary People



We’re at the bottom

and we may never reach the top

but we’re still very rigid and strong.

They’re at their peak but they look

very wobbly and nervous.

We don’t know why they’re scared

of ordinary people like us.

We may not be ordinary after all.

We can convey peace

and social justice to all.

Yes, we can!

We’re not jerks.

A haunting portrait of nationalism

and religious royalty emerges

all over the world.

What’s going on?

People who’ve different religions

than ours are religious too.

People who’ve different opinions

than ours are compassionate too.

People born on the other side

of the border are our

brothers and sisters too.

Insensitivity, a new culture,

and it hurt to see how easily

we are getting used to it.

The roads are crumbling

and so is our kindness.

It’s time to mend the roads.

It’s time to open all the doors.



Bhuwan Thapaliya



Brief Bio:

Bhuwan Thapaliya is a poet writing in English from Kathmandu, Nepal. He works as an economist and is the author of four poetry collections. His poems have been published in Pendemics Literary Journal, International Times, Trouvaille Review,  Life in Quarantine: Witnessing Global Pandemic Initiative(Witnessing Global Pandemic is an initiative sponsored by the Poetic Media Lab and the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis at Stanford University), International Human Rights Art Festival, Poetry and Covid: A Project funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, University of Plymouth, and Nottingham Trent University, Pandemic Magazine, The Poet,  Valient Scribe, Strong Verse, Jerry Jazz Musician,  VOICES( Education Project), Longfellow Literary Project, Poets Against the War among many others.


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