Treasure Island

Akhtar Jawad

(8-2-1945 / Gorakhpur)

The Poor Child


She blames him,
He blames her,
And the child is stranded,
Mentally divided,
Marriage is breaking,
A love marriage!
They loved each other,
And found their lives,
Like a full moon light,
And lovely words,
Scattered in their way,
As twinkling stars!
Perfumed letters,
Hidden in drawers,
On colorful papers,
Are still there!

The child can now read,
He can write as well,
He has watched many movies,
Based on love stories!
He is used to computer,
And internet,
And knows many things,
That we came to know,
At a much older age!

We grew up,
In a joint family cage,
Besides the parents,
Grand fathers and mothers,
And so many others,
Had an eye on us,
Under a blue moon,
We enjoyed loneliness,
Our lives were designed,
In the way they defined.
Got a low mental age,
In the lovely cage!

But a modern child,
Is now socialized,
By machines that speak,
Show the depth and the peak,
But have no passion,
No sentiments no emotion,
Neither have they hated,
Nor have they loved,
The child is having,
Much more mental age,
Than his actual age!

How can you expect,
From the child who has read,
Love letters of his parents,
Colorful fragrant,
And is watching now differences,
The rash exchanges,
Shall he be socialized,
As a normal man!

Submitted: Monday, September 01, 2014
Edited: Monday, September 01, 2014

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Poor child I am sorry for you and wish your parents have a look at you.

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  • Valsa George (9/5/2014 2:05:00 AM)

    You have pictured a situation that we witness all around! Children brought up in nuclear families have no one else to look for love other than his parents! If they are at loggerheads with each other, the child will be frustrated and it is quite natural that he turns to other sources for entertainment! His preoccupation with computers and internet makes him advance in mental age! He comes to know of many things, he should have never known at his age! With no guidance, he is likely to travel off the track! A poem with much food for thought! (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh Rai (9/3/2014 10:36:00 AM)

    It is more nourishing for any children when they see their parents loving each other. i have observed most of children being drug addicted due to separation of their parents. May be there is enough money but they dont have love in their life.A great message is conveyed through this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rajkamal P.j (9/3/2014 1:02:00 AM)

    Heart breaking write..What would be the fate of today's technology privileged and other ordinary children is a big question when there own parents show the wrong ways of life especially in today's nuclear families. If attitudes are not changing it could be a ' nuclear catastrophe 'in the offing.. (Report) Reply

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (9/2/2014 8:47:00 PM)

    Lovely indeed and a lesson on carelessness - How can you expect,
    From the child who has read,
    Love letters of his parents,
    Colorful fragrant,
    And is watching now differences,
    The rash exchanges,
    Shall he be socialized,
    As a normal man! lovely sir (Report) Reply

  • Geetha Jayakumar (9/2/2014 11:24:00 AM)

    Thoughtful write from your pen. Very true said, everything has changed and is still changing along with the time. Though children are addicted to internet, they learn a lot more than they should know. communication between parents and children also take place in phones. everyone is busy in their fast life. Todays lifestyle changed the youngsters life too.
    Loved the way you presented each lines. (Report) Reply

  • Md Asadullah (9/2/2014 6:44:00 AM)

    Poor child, I pity him, may God help, your concern nicely portrayed in this poem: ( (Report) Reply

  • Salini Nair (9/2/2014 6:31:00 AM)

    as time changes human mind and lifestyle also changes......................nice sir........... (Report) Reply

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