Burning Feet on Hot Pavement / Poem by Dr. Ranjana Sharan Sinha

Poem by Dr. Ranjana Sharan Sinha
 
 
Burning Feet on Hot Pavement
 
Destitude children
Under utter compulsion,
Millions and Millions
Deprived of schools:
Starving, begging,
Hawking, shouting,
Alone, scarred,
Dreams shattered!
A ten-year-old
Moves in cold,
Scrounging for plastic bottles
Bleak at best his future hovers!
With him comes a girl,
Hair full of dusty curls,
Almond skin with big eyes,
A growing child with hidden cries–
Loads of longings,
Invisible tears!
Something comes heavily on me
As the two buds I see
Languish without rain or spring
Rudderless and despairing!
I don’t know why
Under the grey sky
Appears a cool lake of compassion
Near the dark walls unseen:
I wish to rescue them
From the poverty grim–
At least some moments of happiness
Amid mountain-like miseries.
I call the girl child
In a voice mild,
Buy her some chocolate
And a packet of sweets;
Live-live little girl
A lovely vagrant bird!
So joyful becomes she
And looks at me:
Oh, her happiness and smile
I cannot describe —
Psychedelic spring
In full swing!
Her wholehearted smile
Pushes up into the eyes:
A sweet spontaneous
Smize!!
 
Copyright Dr. Ranjana Sharan Sinha
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