Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Toughsters – Dr.Mary Annie A.V.


Dr. Mary Annie A.V.

I see them around

Smiling tough youngsters


The bold, the bald

The long haired,

the shoddy

the belligerent

At  times , the  slick.

At the library

The canteen

the coffee shops.

Alone ,in groups

or in pairs.

I watch  them

Their impatient gait.

Their arrogant laughter

breaks  the silence

of the malls

l  visit .

Their stares pierce me

as I move past them


not to have noticed

the sly looks

the whispered comments.

I want to turn around and kick.

At times they ‘vroom’

past me

ignorant of  road rules

causing me to curse.

I just hate them

these toughsters

Their casual ways

Their sneering looks

Their lust for life

And impertinence.

I trudge  back


All these sights and sounds

labouring under the weight

of the groceries

and an empty purse .


Late at night

My reading disturbed

I realize that

I haunt all these places

Just to see them again.

Their vibrancy energizes me .

At times at least

I have to be honest

With myself.

It’s a love-hate relationship

Toughsters and me.

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  1. 🙂 Good one !!!!

    Volatile bundle of adolescent energy, creative. destructive, non-chalant, that’ll make you cringe…..YET, you’ll turn around for a second look…..


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