poet Dr. Geeta Radhakrishna Menon

Dr. Geeta Radhakrishna Menon

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Farmer 5 - Annamma's Dilemma And Fear

Annamma looks up with desolate eyes,
Chased by thousand worries and anxieties,
How will she live her life?
How will she feed her two children?
How will she earn her bread and butter?

She has just crossed twenty-five summers,
And now, she is challenged and confused as
To how she would deal with the next five winters?
Condemned by a cruel fate,
Gripped with terrible fear!

Annamma's husband hung himself
Leaving them shocked and devastated,
Harassed by drought
Humiliated by the money lender,
Hounded by acute poverty!

Not a grain of rice in her kitchen pot!
Not a penny in her purse, box or cupboard!
No hope for the future,
No joy in her life,
No God existing in her miserable life!

Topic(s) of this poem: family, farm, farmers, fear, poverty

Poem Submitted: Monday, September 14, 2020

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

This is a poem inspired by a true story.
Annamma is the name of a farm women (name changed here)whose husband hung himself due to acute poverty in 2016.
The whole burden of bringing up her two children rests on Annamma's young shoulders. She is uneducated and is desperate as to how she would handle the situation.
Indian farmers, many of them, are poverty stricken and drowned in debts. They lose all hope in life and are driven to committing suicide.
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  • Suresh Kumar EkSuresh Kumar Ek (9/18/2020 10:19:00 AM)

    terrible picture of Annamma is truly portrayed

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  • Ace Of Black HeartsAce Of Black Hearts (9/14/2020 4:19:00 PM)

    It's sad when we know they is more then enough food to feed the entire world. The cruel irony is she is trying to grow the thing she needs, and starving at the same time. Excellent poem, thanks for sharing.

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  • Kostas LagosKostas Lagos (9/14/2020 2:55:00 PM)

    The fate of the poor...a really sad story

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (9/14/2020 12:57:00 PM)

    This is indeed a terrible situation. Amid the stories of farm distress pushing hundreds of farmers to commit suicide leaving their hapless family members to fend for themselves with no young male members to help. This entire portrayal is heart-wrenching. Nobody seems to have any concern for their pitiable condition. Where is the government which has been elected by 'We the people....'. and has taken the oath to serve the people equitably. Thanks, Geeta ji.

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  • Bharati NayakBharati Nayak (9/14/2020 8:42:00 AM)

    It is really a heart touching write.. There are many cases of farmer's suicide in India.Though there are many schemes to uplift the conditions of farmers, the true benefit does not reach the needy.It is really a tragic situation.The one who grows food do not get to eat.

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