Thursday, December 23, 2010

Silenced By Poverty

His lips stitched
Silenced by poverty-
Poverty, that never leaves him
And is always with him
In a crowd of millions
Maybe more
At least, in the darkness of night
His shadow leaves him alone
But this cruel poverty never does so

Hard, he works
Selling Indian flags
For a few grains of rice
That will feed his hungry family
What else can he do?
Mother has to keep an eye
On his little siblings
Father's a drunkard
He will beat him, if he doesn't earn

Say, his immature eyes-
(Full of water as well as fire)
"I am neither an object nor a tool"

No one feels his dilemma
No one sees his dreams, his hopes
To educate himself
To rise above his present self
And help provide a better life
To his parents and his siblings
To fulfill his heart's desire
To have a joyous voyage ahead
And also to be known, nothing more

So, let us all join hands and pray
Lets try to help him in every possible way
Whenever and wherever we can

There are still so many children in India who live in the slums. They are poor when it comes to money but they are richer than us in their heart. I had many problems and obstacles in my life but it was definitely nothing when compared to theirs. The boy in the picture is one of those children, I have used him on behalf of all the children in India who are deprived of education. There are so many things other than education, they are deprived of, which may include good health, proper clothing and a roof to live under. And most of all, they are robbed of their dreams, their hopes, their would have been future if they had a richer father, and all of this happens to them because they are poor. Is being poor a crime?

"No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger." - The vision of the Akshaya Patra Foundation.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is run by ISKCON. It serves as a non-profit organisation and helps in feeding millions of poor needy children. It also helps in creating an awareness among us all for the betterment of these helpless children. If you are reading this post, then it would be very generous of you to post an entry or donate and do some good for at least a few children.

Do visit the site here. You can write your own post and submit there and if you like you can promote my post as well as other posts.

For Three Word Wednesday.
Prompts: educate, object, silence.


Anonymous said...

a very powerful reminder that our job on earth isnt done...thank you for sharing my friend:)

Lilibeth said...

Thanks for reminding me this Christmas to pray for him, and so many others, that they may have a chance in life.

Lu Ann said...

Ouah! This post is incredible!!
So realistic, I love the way you express it, it makes me feel guilty about complaining sometimes about what I don´t have...
Poverty, the disease which, altough having a cure, is unreachable for humanity.


Marvellous but pathetic one.

lalita choudhary said...

well, wow!!! Really well done!!!

vivek said...

thanks for putting this up so nicely. .you potrayed the reality. And this reality is very much ignored by us I wish n hope we all should rise from our daily self to think to do some bit from our side. .so that. .these kids of todays live n let others to choose a right path.. to make n set example for the ppl to come out frm their locks..and show some thing we calls humanity.
after all we are child of 1 God..

Anonymous said...

Drunken fathers are a part of world wide reality.

Children suffer partly because of that.

Poverty is a relative term, comparing financially.

Poverty is world wide, type
of deprivation varies.

Some 'presidents get odd jobs done by their interns'.

Boy is learning real lessons in life.

JamieDedes said...

Well done and well considered activist poem.

This is so true and so sad and the issues seem to be getting worse - not only in India - . Kudos to your for publishing something so compassionate.

Poem on...

Vidya Sury said...

Sumit, my heart beats for this cause. Why don't you check out the Indiblogger link for Akshaya Patra and add this post to that thread?

It is here:

Punam said...

Sumit, That was touching. Yes, I agree how it is. A child who must be in school is actually struggling to earn so that he can alleviate his hunger pangs. :(
Here's what I had written:

Deborah said...

You have a unique gift for conveying emotions and I felt every word about about these poor darling children. So well written. A thought provoking and wonderfully wriiten piece ... well done!

jaerose said...

That opening line was just breath-taking..very powerful and sobering..thank you for your visit and best wishes too..Jae

Brian Miller said...

oh this captures my heart beat well...seeingkids going without esp hits me hard...thank you for seeing them and prodding us...merry christmas!

Claudia said...

you touched my heart with this sumit - starting with the title "silenced by poverty"
thanks for breaking the silence for them and merry christmas to you


May you have more love, peace and light in this time of the year my friend.


P.S. I have left something for you. Please click here.

GOD Bless!^^


Anonymous said...

A poem full of important comment and urgency for action - poetry a great vehicle for this - always respect a poet who tackles such issues

Luke @ WordSalad

Anonymous said...

This is heartbreaking--it brought tears to my eyes

SuziCate said...

This is so sad. So many children, due to poeverty or other circumstances live in such stressful conditions and carry the burdens of adults.

Anonymous said...

mehra dosht, the reality is a facepalm* in the first place. We are give opportunity to give back to the society and help to bridge those kids to their dream.

Donna Hole said...

Deeply moving. Childhood should be spent in childish pursuits.


Deepika Vasudeva said...

on this christmas... i wish no one sleeps starving and no one cries himself to bed...
lovely thought..

Sumit Sarkar said...

Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments showing your concern for these children...
Definitely, this is a worldwide problem...
and we all have to do something about it...

Pat Cegan said...

I am a volunteer here in Brazil and work with children from homes where the extensions of poverty, i.e., alchololism, drugs, abuse, prostitution, etc. leave these children emotionally devestated. Thank you for telling this story in your poem. We must reach out and help those whose lives are filled with darkness. pat

Jingle said...

powerful piece..
eloquently put.
wishing the world a better place.

Anonymous said...

This is so poignant-- a wonderful write!

Gaurang Rao said...

very well written...a good way to remind people to help at least one out of the millions of slums in India

Pratibha The Talent said...

Very touching! indeed its sad to know about people living in miserable conditions or worst conditions but people like you are their who could feel and relate to the pain of unfortunate people.May god bless them and you for writing such a heartfelt post.keep writing like this.

Sumit Sarkar said...

I am so touched that you work and volunteer for those children...
People like you really can make a difference...Thank you :)

Thanks Jingle, mairmusic, Gaurang and Pratibha... :)

robin ellen lucas said...

touching words.. thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

very moving thank you

Sumit Sarkar said...

Thanks robin and simyart... :)

mohit said...

a very nyc nd heart touchin poem sumit....nd its real too...all shud help poor ppl nd fight against poverty..!!!!

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