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An Elementary School Classroom In A Slum

Far far from gusty waves these children's faces.
Like rootless weeds, the hair torn around their pallor.
The tall girl with her weighed-down head. The paper-
seeming boy, with rat's eyes. The stunted, unlucky heir
Of twisted bones, reciting a father's gnarled disease,
His lesson from his desk. At back of the dim class
One unnoted, sweet and young. His eyes live in a dream,
Of squirrel's game, in the tree room, other than this.

On sour cream walls, donations. Shakespeare's head,
Cloudless at dawn, civilized dome riding all cities.
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Sheopujan Singh Sheo 12 February 2020
The grim reality of life of those children who are devoid of the basics of their childhood.An eye opener.
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Dheeraj 18 February 2016
One of the best example of contrast. The central theme revolves around the social and class inequalities that is deeply rooted in our society.It presents a high contrast between the low class to high class peoples. The poet presents his deep concern towards the ill and exhausted condition of the slum children and appeals to the society, inspector, visitors and rich class peoples to open all the boundaries that prevent these young leaves to grow and shine, because only those peoples create history or become famous who has the sparkle and grace in their life.
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