Roopa Menon

Rookie - 20 Points (11-05-1985 / Mumbai, India)

Learn To Live - Poem by Roopa Menon

In this materialistic universe,
Being generous seems like a curse.
Today when we talk of great values,
People turn deaf ears like statues.
In this world, so-called beautiful,
Good people are only a handful.

In daily run of life,
Through difficulties when we strive,
We feel the need of someone helpful,
But no one turns up, quite pitiful.
People live only for their greed.
They approach you when they are in need.

People around you in your vicinity,
Know how to take advantage of your simplicity.
When you try to be good to others,
No one for you however bothers.
When people try to harm you in some way,
Don’t stand it at all any way.

This is when the power of speech comes into play.
Needed in this malicious world to stay.
In every situation be outwardly bold.
No matter if within you are cold.
To harm others is sure a sin,
But to let yourself harmed is a bigger sin.

When the ship of your life is on sail,
Don’t ever let yourself be sad or frail.
Learn to face troubles with all your might.
Let your worries be far out of sight.
Many times you might fail and cry,
But don’t lose hope and give one more try.


Comments about Learn To Live by Roopa Menon

  • K. V. VenkataramanaK. V. Venkataramana (3/30/2008 11:37:00 PM)

    I appreciate your poem and the ideas expressed in it. Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • William Jackson (3/14/2006 1:40:00 AM)

    Roopa, I like the philosophy expressed in this poem and hope that you always have hope and heart and look for the good in everyone. Kahlil Gibran in one of his parables tells the story of how beauty and ugliness went swimming in the sea and that when they got out they accidently exchanged garments. Gibran makes it clear that we have to look closely at the heart and not just the outward appearances of people to see which is which. Thankfully there are many good people in the world; we just have to look carefully for them. (Report)Reply

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  • Kee Thampi (2/2/2006 11:44:00 PM)

    In daily run of life,
    Through difficulties when we strive,
    We feel the need of someone helpful,

    a philosophy made this poem
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  • Gina Onyemaechi (1/30/2006 4:21:00 AM)

    No, good people are more than just a 'handful', Roopa. They just don't get as much coverage as the 'baddies'. A poem of care and humanity. Nice. Regards, Gina. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 30, 2006

Poem Edited: Thursday, July 28, 2011


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