siddharth singh.

A Rag Picker.

I came into this world
there wasn't a celebration,
there was no cradle to swing
i was just damned to starvation.

Never did i go to school,
never could i play a game.
Was only destined to bear
the enduring pain.

Half a pant covered me
be it the searing summers,
or i be shivering in the
cold winter's rain.

Grew up on the streets
became a rag picker.
That tag stuck to me
more like a bad sticker.

I went to work each day
embedded in anguish.
from their cars they
resented me
like cheap rubbish.

Once there was a crime
the police thought was mine.
I was beaten up with disdain,
I was literally being slain,
yet not a single eye
looked away in shame.

I kept crying, and pleaded
sir please, it's not me, it's not me
but no one was willing to see.

When he was caught
they just left me to be,
the rag picker i that
always shall be.

I cleared for them
their garbage but
no one patted me
and not a soul cried.
Not a soul came to me
asking me why?

Afterall,
I was just a rag picker
born to die.
Clearing all their garbage
there would lie.


' copyright 2009 siddharth singh.'

Poem Submitted: Friday, July 17, 2009
Poem Edited: Sunday, August 9, 2009

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  • C. P. SharmaC. P. Sharma (3/21/2010 6:02:00 AM)

    My thoughts go back to T. S. Eliot on reading your poem

    The rag picker—is dead.
    'A penny for the Old Guy

    I

    We are the hollow men
    We are the stuffed men'

    CP

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  • Mamta Agarwal (3/11/2010 11:35:00 PM)

    a very emapthetic write; the plight of these children is harrowing to say the least. there is no dignity in their work. hiujacked childhood, who cares, you obviously do

    a very well written piece, hits straight at heart. do read a tryst with fate

    Mamta

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  • Sally Plumb Plumb (3/4/2010 1:40:00 AM)

    Very interesting. Very sad.

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  • Nivedita Bagchi SPC UK (2/25/2010 12:31:00 AM)

    ‘…no one patted me / and not a soul cried. / Not a soul came to me / asking me why?

    Why Poet Siddhartha?

    you the poet laid your feeing heart for the rag picker …well poets have same psychic blood group ‘O’ Universal feeler [donor]…thanks for sharing
    10
    Ms. Nivedita
    UK

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  • Pradyumna Jyotir (2/21/2010 3:23:00 AM)

    The stark reality has been portrayed so well here. Any one who passes these less fortunate ones just screw their noses in disdain without thinking of the trials and tribulations they go through.....wonderfully expressed. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Ruchika Batra (1/13/2010 4:39:00 AM)

    very heart touching...just beautifully expressed

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  • Rachel Butler (11/4/2009 11:21:00 AM)

    'Grew up on the streets
    became a rag picker'

    Rachel Ann Butler

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  • Monica Singh (11/2/2009 10:22:00 AM)

    i hope i m not too late sweety to comment on the poem. this is one of my favorite poems u have written. the way u have portrayed the life of this rag picker is simply amazing.

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  • Seema(Aanamika) 80 (10/27/2009 5:23:00 AM)

    Great&heart touching poem,10+

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  • Anupama Raghavendran (10/7/2009 2:35:00 AM)

    very touching...bringing out the truth about rag pricker! ! ! .....keep writing.....

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  • Carmen Johnson (8/12/2009 7:37:00 AM)

    Maybe I am just too connected to this poem, but it brought tears to my eye.
    This is an excellent use of true raw emotions to lay the ground for a fantastic poem. This might be my 'favorite' poem for some time to come.

    This is my favorite line.. Just a rag picker born to die

    Damn...your good.

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  • Samanyan Lakshminarayanan (8/12/2009 5:32:00 AM)

    a very moving poem..brought to mind streets garbage..cops..and the hero rag picker...beautiful...10

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  • Miranda Van Yperen (8/10/2009 8:44:00 PM)

    oh.... thats a really sad poem: (as i was reading it i was really starting to cry... but you are a very good poet to create such a poem, so great job :)

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  • Supriya PrathapanSupriya Prathapan (8/8/2009 9:35:00 AM)

    Very well written. Can be really call India an independent nation where the educated and emancipated few reign over the less fortunate ones?

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  • Vanita Thakkar (8/1/2009 2:33:00 AM)

    Very sad and touchy! ! Very well-written.

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  • Irene Clark-hogg (7/30/2009 9:39:00 PM)

    I agree with our other friends who have commented. You have certainly pulled at the heart strings of your readers. Well done.
    Kindest Regards,
    Irene

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  • Indira RenganathanIndira Renganathan (7/30/2009 8:34:00 AM)

    This is very touching indeed...true life of most rag pickers...thanks

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  • Surya . (7/30/2009 5:18:00 AM)

    very touchin poem indeed. in fact most of the rag pickers are not involved in any crime. thanx for sharing
    voted10
    surya

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  • Sandra Fowler (7/29/2009 4:08:00 PM)

    It would be impossible to read this poem
    and remain unmoved. You have achieved
    empathy with your subject. Praise
    for your compassionate pen.10/10.

    Warm regards,

    Sandra

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  • Marieta MaglasMarieta Maglas (7/27/2009 4:28:00 PM)

    a very touching poem......10++++

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