The Perils of Being Faithful - Manushya Puthiran

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Being faithful is
It’s not so easy as betraying one

is nothing other than
 a peck in the dark

        Infidelity is wiped off
        in day light

Observe fidelity
It’s a penance performed
Upon a mountain peak
Well aware that,
with a slight stumble,
your head may shatter
 in the abyss below

The moment I appeal to you for a pardon
You sanctify my betrayal
When you demand constancy from my end
I prepare myself for a journey
towards a lifetime of crucifixion

I am perpetually infidel
not since that is my nature
but since
the punishments for unfaithfulness
are not as tormenting
as those for

Translated by R. Abilash