Treasure Island

Mamta Agarwal

(March 27,1951 / India)

Light And Darkness- Haiku


Festival of lights;
Child sells crackers to adults,
No sparkle in eyes…

Submitted: Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Edited: Monday, July 04, 2011

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  • bye bye... bye bye (10/19/2009 11:44:00 AM)

    This is... oh, I just want to cry! Keep on writing like this, Mamta, keep on telling us what you actually see. Even if some people prefer to act like there were blind.

    Tragical and extremely efficient writing!

    I know you write marvellous poems on 'nice' subjects, too. That´s what poets are for... always trying to tell what they experience... no matter what ... (Report) Reply

  • Samanyan Lakshminarayanan (10/18/2009 4:41:00 AM)

    leave alone selling..down south these crackers are made mostly by young girls...may be today we have a rule..i insist on the birth cert to see if they are more than 18 when i appoint some one in the factory..abroad it seems worse..my little daughter studying in UK is waiting to turn 14 to take up a part time job..the extra money to spend...in india it is not that...and the safety standards and treatment is definitely better there (Report) Reply

  • Saadat Tahir (10/13/2009 2:21:00 AM)

    a huge tragedy and socioeconomic tumult portrayed in the poem and the childs eyes..
    so well wriotten mamtaji.... wow
    cheers (Report) Reply

  • Palas Kumar Ray (10/11/2009 12:16:00 AM)

    I don't understand why poets should always show the dark sides of great shows on Earth!
    Festivals I suppose would be much pleasing and Dhamakedar without poets and their magnifying eyes all around. (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Martyres (10/9/2009 1:30:00 PM)

    This three liner really says so much about the way we celebrate festivals....No sparkle in the child's eye as he sells sparklers to an adult....is really touching Mamta, This is a wake up call for all of us...10 (Report) Reply

  • Deepti Agarwal (10/9/2009 12:30:00 AM)

    How Paradoxical.. a Sad tale behind all the sparkling lights.. child labour with hunger n pain in their eyes...
    Beautiful enlighting point here... this should be read by every citizen to see actually what is Light n what is dark.. (Report) Reply

  • Naseer Ahmed Nasir (10/8/2009 7:32:00 AM)

    Mamta, you have painted two pictures on the one canvas of this paradoxical haiku. One side shows, festival of lights and the other side, darkness of poverty in the eyes of innocent children hawking crackers. This confrontation of colors has created a poetic moot ness of this sadly beautiful haiku.
    Regards

    Naseer (Report) Reply

  • Rakesh Bedi (10/7/2009 1:13:00 AM)

    a beautiful projection of down-trodden, poverty stricken children, mamta...... it reminded me of my poem...silence of death....belonging to same genre...(time permitting, go through it, plz...) . But, i failed in projecting so much in a three liner...my compliments.... (Report) Reply

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