Om Chawla

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Keep Away From My Brimming Bowl - Poem by Om Chawla

Keep away from my brimming bowl
Mixed with tears it is burning hot
Beware else you will burn your fingers.
Take a sip at your own peril
for the agony and pain soaked tears
will then run wildly in your veins.
With stirred emotions and regained compassion
you would feel the hurt of human pain;
and discern the difference
between depraved rulers and deprived masses:
humanity denuded of all humaneness
millions driven to destitution;
Cries and sighs you will start hearing,
disturbing sights you will be witnessing.
Beware my friend, beware therefore,
Keep away from my brimming bowl,
mixed with tears it is burning hot.
Keep away from my brimming bowl:
beware else you will burn your fingers:
away away from my brimming bowl.

Topic(s) of this poem: social


Comments about Keep Away From My Brimming Bowl by Om Chawla

  • Valsa George (8/21/2014 11:53:00 PM)

    Every sensitive man's bowl is brimming with tears and compassion! Sir let us also partake of your cup of sorrow! How can we keep aloof insensitive to the sufferings around 'when between depraved rulers and deprived masses:
    humanity denuded of all humaneness
    and millions driven to destitution; '! GREAT write!
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  • Dinesh Nair (8/21/2014 10:40:00 AM)

    Many of us have brimming bowls hot like the wet eyes sir. Though the poem has a hard thread not easily comprehensible it speaks for many of us. A wonderful rendering all the way triumphs. (Report)Reply

    Om Chawla(8/21/2014 9:50:00 PM)

    Thanks for your observations, Dinesh ji.
    I should, probably, have developed the thought expressed in the line,
    'with stirred emotions and regained compassion', where I allude to selfishness and indifference which characterises our behaviour by and large, and believe that my tears shall rekindle the latent attribute of humaneness.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Poem Edited: Wednesday, October 30, 2019


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