WINTER 2011-12 No. 43 (Dec. 2011)
Now and then
Surge in me.
My elated mood
In the warmth
Of childhood days.
My fondling mother
My loving father,
In their cozy arms
I feel wrapped
With joy infinite.
The very moment
I am forced out
Of the short trance;
I fall apart
For, at a cross road
With tattered clothes
I sight a child,
Perhaps an orphan
Who still reflect
At this mid-life
In my heart’s eye.
Oh God !
Why such disparity?
Why such inferiority?
Where might be he!
Without food, and
Without a shelter;
Even at childhood
And still keeps
Now and then.
CARE NOW FOR THEIR TOMORROW
(A Poem in commemoration of UNO’s “Universal
Children’s Day Celebrated on the 20th November)
A blanket of chillness wraps the moon-lit night
The otherwise busy city streets look isolate
It’s almost calm except for occasional barking dogs,
The street lights look dim, midst the layers of fog.
A group of street children, perhaps rag pickers
Cover their dusty bodies with rubbish plastic papers;
Shivering with torn clothes, body sucked to the bone
They look almost lifeless, deserted by every human.
Their pathetic plight and inexplicable dejection
Alas! Fail to have an impact on human relation.
While wars and conflicts loom large, alarming,
With selfish objectives, yet, humans keep on vying.
Having become own victims of calamities and wars
Aware though, life is but a short-lived bubble in the air;
Humans, least concerned on sharing love & humanity,
Fight again and again for dictatorship & superiority.
On the desolate paths, fearsome and totally dark
Let our love & concern for children grow like a spark
Lest, we are going to spoil their future of tomorrow
Hence shower love on them & shatter their sorrow
Yes! Child trafficking, child abuse and child labor,
Unchecked are they growing in every nook and corner
Yes! Until the inhumane instinct is driven out
And, unless the egoistic attitude is shunted out
How can we protect the essential rights of children?
How can we promote the basic welfare of children?
T. Ashok Chakravarthy
# 16-2-836/L, Plot-39 Madhavnagar Saidabad
HYDERABAD– 59 (AP),INDIA