Treasure Island

ritty patnaik

(6th july 1952 / cuttack)

social evils.......child labour


labour of innocense
sweat and tears,
in unknown home,
a hotel boy, a farm hand,
or child labourer,
he curses his own life
for being born
poor and helpless.

he sees affluent children
pass him by, going to school.
playing in the amusement park
his heart bleeds!
unknown fear cluthes his heart,
thoughts of fending
his own family at the
onset of youth
for a morcel of food,
for empty stomachs of siblings.

heart churns to see
this plight of burden
of child labour.
here there and everythere,
little grown ups, worldly wise
with tear stained faces
tell the same story of
their sad plight.


child exploitation
starts in poverty,
and from own homes,
where parents,
make their older children
responsible, promoting him,
as a earning member
of the family

child labour, sometimes seen,
yet made unseen
by society,
plunge in deep dark abyss
of selfishness
exploiting innocense
of the unprevileged lot.

the hapless children
victim of circumstances, ,
victim ofpoverty,
also victim of
degraded society.

a change of heart,
a feeling of compassion,
a little love,
a genuine concern,
will perhaps go
a long way in building,
a better tommorrow.

Submitted: Monday, September 14, 2009

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  • Ejaz Khan (9/14/2009 1:18:00 PM)

    A nice poem Ritty on social problem, I don't know if I'm against child labour, especially in poor countries, where there's no social network by state and individuals are left to survive on their own but that doesn't take away the importance of this problem. Your poem will certainly increase the consciousness!
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  • Milica Franchi De Luri (9/14/2009 6:19:00 AM)

    Hi Ritty
    This is a touchy subject, because in one way it is sad for the children to be working, they should be playing and learning, but then again their bare survival is in jeopardy if they don't work.It should be regulated by the government, and there should be a social welfare in system to help the destitute families, to at list have food on their plate.
    God bless you heart for thinking about thous poor kids. (Report) Reply

  • Mamta Agarwal (9/14/2009 5:40:00 AM)

    a very compassionate write on poor hapless children. straight from the geart.

    if time permits look up CHILD LABOUR, A TRYST WITH FATE.


    mamta (Report) Reply

  • Rakesh Bedi (9/14/2009 5:18:00 AM)

    Yeah, how easily we kill the identity of a child and term him as Chhotu...... a nice piece, ritty....... (Report) Reply

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