A Poor Man's Lot Poem by Om Chawla

A Poor Man's Lot

Rating: 4.8

There besides the trunk of a leafless tree
Lies a human figure in beastly nudity.
It's breathing yet; it's not dead
But no one bothers, for them it is dead
It's dusty day, it's scorching hot
And this misery is poor man's lot.

It mas in June 1960, on a very hot day, when on seeing a person in tatters lying by the side of a tree that some thoughts came to my mind. But by the time I could find place to sit down & write down I could recollect only these 6 lines, even though fairly long composition had formed in my mind.
Anita Sehgal 04 December 2012

human apathy.. finds its way through words..

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Valsa George 15 December 2012

So that tragic scene is still haunting a compassionate heart! ! How blessed we are when compared with such unlucky lot! ! A moving write! !

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Valerie Dohren 31 December 2012

Very sad and poignant - it Is difficult to believe that people could be so uncaring, but you clearly are Om. Very good write.

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Elena Sandu 16 June 2013

it's breathing yet it's not dead. Short but right amount of truth. The tale of poor and their struggle to survive, well caught! Thank you!

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Ramesh Rai 28 June 2013

when i was in 8 std one of my frnd posted one poem. i like to quote one line of that poem - garibi gark mein jivan mila deti to achha tha n jane kyun unhe hardam ye jam milta hai. best write

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Loke Kok Yee 04 October 2015

A reminder to those more fortunate not to take things for granted, and perhaps to be more compassionate. Thanks for a good read.

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Jasbir Chatterjee 09 September 2015

a very touching poem...sometimes I get angry with myself for not being able to do more than just writing poems on these people who have fallen on hard times...

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Yash Shinde 30 March 2014

....very true, beautifully composed, it greatly delivers a beautiful message, very touching and poignant poem....

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Geetha Jayakumar 02 February 2014

A very touching poem indeed. Very true said in few lines.. No one bothers, to know whether a person is alive or dead....

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Patricia Grantham 28 August 2013

A very touching write. We see others that are not like ourselves. They either chose to live that way or have fallen on tough times. It is hard to turn our backs and look the other way. They are Gods chosen also. We could have been in that position too. Good write! I have a poem titled The Homeless please take a look when you have time.

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