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Famished, tired and hungry
In a corner of the rail station
Puffy, pale eyes
Look askance at passengers

Bruised, aching feet that cannot stand
An outstretched,  pleading hand
One meal  is all we pray for
To see us through the day

Just a coin will suffice
A piece of bread, a morsel of rice
Scavenging bins for food
Crying in anger

The office crowd in suits and ties
Look at us in disdain
They rush to get a shoe shine
Before boarding the train

The sun has set
Our tears have dried
Lying down on a rug we sleep
Hoping for dreams  of a new morn

© copyright skm, April 7th, 2011

(A post in support of Akshayapatra Foundation ..Now Feeding 1,291,064 Children Everyday! – helping underprivileged children by providing them with a healthy, balanced meal that they would otherwise have to work for. The meal is an incentive for them to continue their education.  For details visit http://www.akshayapatra.org/.  Please make your donation at http://www.akshayapatra.org/individual-donors)

  1. April 8, 2011 at 9:49 am

    It’s a cycle that’s unlikely to break for a long time. A scene people become inured to on facing it each living day!

    • April 9, 2011 at 7:00 am

      Hi Anil – Yes we are so busy with our preoccupations that we are ignorant that there are other people around us with far bigger worries! It is time to be mindful of the world around us.

  2. April 9, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Real issues and stark poverty -A true depiction of a nonchalent India, a moving dedication!

    • April 9, 2011 at 6:56 am

      Hi – It is a call for us to be mindful of the world around us – to be more human!

  3. April 10, 2011 at 8:01 am


  4. November 3, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Wonderfully portrayed. Profound.

  5. November 6, 2011 at 12:45 am

    neat write on your theme,

    Happy Rally.
    the more you read your peers, the more feedback you get.

  6. November 6, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Once in a while I ran into a poem that touches me deep, this is that “once”, nice written poem I am really touched by this one. Thank you for sharing. Namaste

  7. Leo
    November 7, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Touching.. I’ve seen these kids on railway platforms.. Their eyes plead, not their voices…

    Leo @ I Rhyme Without Reason

  8. November 7, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    This is a sad reality for far too many.
    Poignant & heartfelt write.
    Thanks for sharing.

    A Weeping Rose

  9. November 9, 2011 at 2:56 am

    amazing sentiments, well done.

    please feel free to submit 1 to 3 random poems to us today.



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