Treasure Island

veeraiyah subbulakshmi


Be thrifty..


when we look for our next dozen sweaters,
there are thousands have no even one.
wrap themselves in rags that are dirty,
lie on the sides hearing heavy sounds.

The trucks that carry tons,
The cars that carry none,
The rickshaws that carry nine,
never disturb the slumber they are in.

When the mid night parties irritate us,
When the crying of babies tortures us,
When the noise from neighbors threaten us,
How these people can sleep in noise?

a vagrant in Glasgow is no different
from a homeless in Edinburgh,
As these two are not at all
worse than homeless in India.

When the formers have dogs as pets.
the latter live with animals.
Bulls, cows, cats, dogs and reptiles underneath,
The life goes on for millions.

Submitted: Sunday, January 01, 2012

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  • * Sunprincess * (9/25/2012 10:40:00 PM)

    very good points made in this poem..it is something
    we have homeless people and yet there are people
    keeping animals in their home as if they are humans.
    thanks for this thought provoking poem..myself i have
    no pets.or animals of any kind. (Report) Reply

  • Babatunde Aremu (7/19/2012 2:45:00 PM)

    Thank you for this wonderful poem. Nonchalant posture to the downtrodden is the evil human being is facing. That's while I wrote: I want Be A Lifeline. Pls read it (Report) Reply

  • Walterrean Salley (6/4/2012 10:29:00 PM)

    Leaves my heart heavy that some only know of life's grave misfortune. Your poem, well laid out, leaves me with deep thoughts. (Report) Reply

  • Ratnakar Mandlik (1/10/2012 12:19:00 AM)

    We may like it or not, the haves and the have nots is an universal phenomenon. It may be because of the 6 inherent enemies viz greed, anger, lust etel gifted to us by the almighty and because of it there is no equitable distribution of prosperity etc. You have adroitly caught the follow-up scenario. A meaningful poem. Congrats. (Report) Reply

  • Wahab Abdul (1/6/2012 2:33:00 AM)

    this is really a good poem...i like it....i am waiting for more...please read my new poem..'how did they dare to kill.......? ' (Report) Reply

  • Kee Thampi (1/1/2012 3:44:00 AM)

    When the mid night parties irritate us,
    (When rich with hot parties...)
    When the crying of babies tortures us, (Report) Reply

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