Treasure Island

Sulaiman Mohd Yusof


Don't bring me back to the orphanage

The bell has rang
Faces of cheers mirrored across the classrooms
Packing their beg eagerly
Running to the compound
Awaiting parents waiting anxiously
Their loved ones are their reason
To live and let live
For me, life is a torment
Innocent face full of grief

Colors of love
Painted with affection
Brushed with kisses
Warmed with hugs
I watched them from the waiting bench
The children are singing with joy
Chorused by lovely caretakers
And the four wheels
Unhesitant fetch them home
A home sweet home

This is the world, which I lived in
Too young to understand
What’s suffering means?
Agony and pain
Are my breakfast
Quenching my thirsts
But still hunger
The longing would be longer
Until You take me away to foster
A long lost link with them
Auntie Helen, please
Don’t bring me back to the orphanage
Should I resist
I’d be rage
And intense
Too young to understand

Submitted: Saturday, February 09, 2008
Edited: Thursday, September 17, 2009

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  • Mamta Agarwal (7/13/2008 12:31:00 AM)

    heartfelt, beautifully expressed, this difference between have's have not's, seen through the eyes of an orphan. touching poem (Report) Reply

  • Prachi Tiwari (4/26/2008 6:05:00 AM)

    Its a beautiful poem..good to know that there are people like you who possess this talent to give words to pain.. (Report) Reply

  • Marilyn Lott (4/23/2008 6:47:00 AM)

    So sad when children suffer. Life should be only the best
    for them; cared for and loved. Often that is not the case.
    Keep writing and sharing with us.

    Best Wishes,
    Marilyn (Report) Reply

  • Abha Sharma (3/22/2008 8:47:00 PM)

    a touching treat....reminds me of Amir Khan's Latest movie.....Taare Jameen par...
    nice imagery, a good one (Report) Reply

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