Bashyam Narayanan

Further Disabling The Already Disabled - Poem by Bashyam Narayanan

Disabled further disabled
A nation organizes its
National Para-Athletic Championship Meet

From all over the country
Arrived some six hundred odd
Differently physically-abled athletics land
Hoping to be treated
With understanding and compassion

So that they can participate in the meet
And tell the world that
Let not your physical limitations stop you
From competing
From enjoying the fruits of sportsmanship
From bowing down to challenges
From running down in self confidence
From being looked down upon
From being sympathized or pitied

But to their dismay
The guest house posed them worse challenges
Than what they normally face day in and day out

It would be painful for any one
To put down the apathy
They met at the hands of a national agency

It is a wonder
How a national agency
Failed to understand that
These people need much kinder treatment
And more thoughtful attention
Than what is extended to those
With no inbuilt challenges

Nature troubled them then
Now the nation disgrace them
Further disabling the
Already disabled

Topic(s) of this poem: nation

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, March 22, 2015

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