shakil ahmed

Gold Star - 16,980 Points (31-01-1969 / Badarpur, Assam, India.)

Just For Few Rupees - Poem by shakil ahmed

Just for few Rupees

Standing in the midst of a
Forsaken brothel
I preach words of morality
To these wretched prostitutes.
They give no heed
To my broken words,
Rather I become an
Object of mockery and ridicule.
They call me out- dated,
Not fit for the modern age,
A cowardly being,
Having no courage at all.

Half-naked harlots are my
Constant companions
In this crowded zone.
They are selling meat
To some hungry wolves
Who come here
To satisfy primitive desire.
Love and passion are
Stale product
Not for sale
In this dark valley.

The blue-eyed fairies
Are alluring the gentle folks
Exposing their naked bosoms.
They are selling their youths
Just for few rupees
To manage
The much –needed breads.
Breads are indispensable
To survive in the earth
But is it the way
To earn money
Is a question
To be considered again and again.

Standing in this
Ever-darkened world
I pine for a ray of light
I strive to go out of it
Using all my might
I don’t know where to go
But still I always fight.
Foul smell of rotten flesh
Has made me desperate
To rummage around a new world
Where golden light
Only penetrates.

Shakil Ahmed.

Topic(s) of this poem: satire of social classes

Comments about Just For Few Rupees by shakil ahmed

  • Kim Barney (1/1/2016 11:12:00 PM)

    A bold poem revealing a sad state of affairs. So many people are hungry and desperate to find ways to feed themselves.
    Well written.
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  • Akhtar Jawad (11/27/2015 11:31:00 PM)

    A great touching poem..................................... (Report) Reply

  • Pamela Sinicrope (11/19/2015 10:00:00 AM)

    I've seen this kind of person out preaching...not in front of a brothel, but in front of bars or places that are viewed in a negative social light. Its interesting for you to write your poem from this person's perspective, to give voice to their thoughts. Your imagery of light, dark, and predation are well done. Thanks for sharing your poem. (Report) Reply

  • Nosheen Irfan (11/19/2015 8:54:00 AM)

    This is great poetry. A bold, daring exposure of human hypocrisy. Thoroughly absorbing work. (Report) Reply

  • (11/6/2015 11:16:00 AM)

    a very courageous write on a difficult subject
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  • Dr.tony Brahmin (11/4/2015 5:07:00 AM)

    I pine for a ray of light
    I strive to go out of it
    Using all my might
    I don’t know where to go

    you yearn for a world where golden rays only penetrate. very nice moral thinking. thank you my dear Poet. tony
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  • Hazel Durham (11/1/2015 3:04:00 AM)

    Wow! Powerful with reality stark and so sad that these women have to sell their bodies for food. You look for a light, you look for hope but instead you look at a new world where justice of no poverty rules!
    Brilliant write!
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  • Amitava Sur (10/25/2015 8:46:00 PM)

    Likes this bold penning about those women who at last are forced to sell their loving bodies to the beasts for fulfilling their hunger of their own belly or of keens. This modern world, said to be civilized looks so blankly. (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (10/25/2015 3:50:00 PM)

    Very wonderful drafting shared here really with interesting vision that comes in your mind. A thought provoking poem shared here...10 (Report) Reply

  • (10/25/2015 11:16:00 AM)

    Just For Few Rupees is a good satire poem.
    It is said even not to live in the same street where the whores live.
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  • Sanjukta Nag (10/25/2015 6:39:00 AM)

    This poem is worth reading... an astounding work of art. Each stanza is written with special care. Thank you for posting such a gem. (Report) Reply

  • Paul Warren (10/24/2015 8:35:00 PM)

    I wonder how these women can look to survive this. Everything has a price. Why sell your virtue? A good poem with a point to make Thankyou. (Report) Reply

  • Kelly Kurt (10/24/2015 5:39:00 PM)

    I make no judgments but I can understand the basis for this wonderfully written piece. Thanks, Shakil (Report) Reply

  • (10/24/2015 11:41:00 AM)

    Fantastic poem, Shakil! Totally and completely commend your brave and wholesome soul, you have dared to breach the unbreachable failure of man to control his lust and desire. These poor women's hearts and souls have been tainted by every man who has touched them, their lives have been taken by these selfish men, yet they continue just to get those few rupees to feed themselves. Why can't those men control themselves and instead give the rupees to the women to buy what they need. Why must they take the very souls of these women and leave them to die within? A brilliant and wonderful poem this is Shakil, please keep writing of this atrocity, everyone needs to know how depraved it truly is. Thank you for reading my poem, 'Darkness Of Tomorrow and leaving a comment, I appreciate your having done so. RoseAnn (Report) Reply

  • Souren Mondal (10/24/2015 11:31:00 AM)

    Wow! A really 'bold' poem that reminded me of Baudelaire's Au Lecteur and the lines that suggest that our souls are not bold enough - 'C'est que notre âme, helas! n'est pas assis hardie' - 'It's because our souls, alas! are not bold enough' - a brilliant and brave write Shakil... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, October 24, 2015

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