A Homage Poem by Parameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair

A Homage

Rating: 4.9

I open my window to let in the morning light and the cool fresh air
Though in the midst of a legion of works assigned for the day
The girl servant next door fills my heart with her innocent smile
Like a pure dew drop glares from the grass-top in the dawn
No child labour prohibition ever peeps into her pains and miseries
No humanists rise in revolt to protect her from cruel exploitation

She can be the foetus that grew up surviving all efforts of abortion
She may be the female baby abandoned to avoid a culpable burden
Why can't she be the lost child of parents who regret carelessness?
Whatever be the prelude, the merciless ill-treat is inhuman indeed
She works hard from dawn to midnight yet the mistress is displeased
Scolding, beating, blowing, pushing and pulling aren't new to her

This morning I terribly missed her and I was shocked to learn
She is not alive to cast a charming innocent smile at me ever again!
It was a murder, a brutal sexual assault so cruel and inhuman

Let these drops of tears be my homage to thee, dear child

Dr Dillip K Swain 24 May 2020

This magnificent piece of poetry is one of your finest creations sir! My great pleasure reading it time and again!

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Thank you very much Dr.Dillip. I am much delighted to read your words like these

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VIJAYA 13 December 2018

The poet said the reality of our society. No body will complete reading without tears

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Kingsley Egbukole 26 October 2023

The inhumane treatment of child labour. Well captured

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Dr Dillip K Swain 26 October 2023

This magnificent poem is as innocent as the innocent smile of the girl that you have portrayed here. Brilliant ink! !

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Dr Dillip K Swain 07 July 2023

I like the way the poet has portrayed the character of a simple and innocent girl servant... appreciated this simple and expressive poem. Long live your poetry dear poet

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Thank you very much dear friend Dr. Dillip. I do appreciate your magnanimity and friendly attitude towards fellow beings

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Thank you dear poet Dr

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Indira Renganathan 01 September 2022

Let us all pray for no more of such cruel incidents as happened to that little maid...very pathetic

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Bharati Nayak 06 July 2022

The poem brings tears to my eyes! How human beings are so inhuman? No words to say more.My homage to the girl child you describe in the poem and innumerable such children who lose their childhood by falling victim to inhuman treatment.

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