Akhtar Jawad

Gold Star - 189,467 Points (8-2-1945 / Gorakhpur)

Assembly Of Saplings - Poem by Akhtar Jawad

In a slum area, a school!
I see saplings without uniforms
assembled at the road,
with dreams of a better future
singing a poem of a great poet,
Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal.
Prayers on my lips are the dreams
may my life be like that of a candle,
may I be one that eliminates darkness,
may I be a source of light everywhere,
may I be glory for my homeland,
may I spring as a flower of the garden.
The saplings that are dreaming to be sprung as flowers
read in a school that has only two rooms
one is the office and the other for the Head Mistress.
Classes run beneath a tree, there are no play grounds.
The saplings will have to grow as a plant first
for springing as colorful flowers in the future.
Where is the ground for it?
I know one by one all will be lifted from the school
by their poor parents.
Some of them will be seen working with a mechanic
some will become beggars,
and a few street snatchers.
The parents are the voters who elect their representatives
they all are abused in one way or another
still they vote and elect one
who is responsible for their adverse condition.
The punctured tube of my motor cycle has been repaired
by a boy of nine or ten,
whose master has been abusing him to be so lazy.
Good bye boy! Thank you very much.
I know one day you will become a master
abusing another boy for his laziness,
the best future your fate can give to you!
You will vote to the son of one,
who has been voted and elected by your parents.

Topic(s) of this poem: election

Comments about Assembly Of Saplings by Akhtar Jawad

  • (8/25/2018 9:15:00 PM)

    A thoughtful poem, everyone claims ti change the world but changes come after a lot of sacrifices. (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Dr Dillip K Swain (4/27/2018 11:32:00 PM)

    The saplings will have to grow as a plant first
    for springing as colorful flowers in the future........pragmatic expression! i enormously admire the inherent beauty of this poem! (10)

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (4/23/2018 12:56:00 AM)

    Only knowledge can change the situation, and education is the key to knowledge. The poor are denied knowledge so as to enslave them; with crumbs being thrown to buy their votes. Democracy is a double edged knife. Thank you sir for this powerful write. (Report)Reply

    1 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Rose Marie Juan-austin (4/22/2018 9:45:00 PM)

    A powerful political write.
    A beautiful satire on elected representatives of the people.
    Enjoyed reading it.

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
Read all 4 comments »

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

Poem Submitted: Sunday, April 22, 2018

Famous Poems

  1. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  7. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  8. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  9. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
  10. Television
    Roald Dahl
[Report Error]