Akhtar Jawad

Gold Star - 99,899 Points (8-2-1945 / Gorakhpur)

Mercy Killing - Poem by Akhtar Jawad

Been watching her since long in my house,
A single, as I never saw with her a spouse,
I didn't know whether male or female,
and why I didn't call her as a male,
because she was naughty in my waken nights,
hidden somewhere in the bright day lights,
too much she was hated by my only wife,
once she attacked with a deadly knife,
the splinter escaped from the jealous sight,
she was so smart with eyes too bright,
afraid of a woman towards me she ran,
to a tested and trusted harmless man,
years passed, today, saw her in a day,
restless in pain, in her eyes a dismay,
perhaps someone gave a poisonous bread,
felt pain of one so helpless on death bed,
I took a hammer and hit on her head,
and the shrew-mouse was instantly dead!

Topic(s) of this poem: helplessness


Comments about Mercy Killing by Akhtar Jawad

  • Valsa George (2/7/2016 7:54:00 AM)


    Humour, suspense, compassion....... the poem breathes out all these emotions! Until the last line, no one could guess who was put to mercy killing! Interesting write! I imagined that it must be a stray cat..... usually a stray cat is dreaded by a house wife! (Report) Reply

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  • Kelly Kurt (2/1/2016 3:01:00 PM)


    I too was in suspense until the end. I have often struggled with the option of mercy killing. If an animal could ask me please it would be easier. But I don't know my place. Without permission I don't know if that shrew mouse would rather stay alive in its state or if it would crawl off to die somewhere anyway and become food to another struggling animal. I hope some day, should I be helpless and in agony, someone would take a hammer to my head though. (Report) Reply

  • Souren Mondal (2/1/2016 8:50:00 AM)


    Such an incredible observation turned into pure poetry with imagination, wit, and sheer genius.. A brilliant poem Akhtar sahab.. Simply excellent.. You kept the reader in suspense till the end, and only then we realise about what this poem is written.. Brilliant! (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (2/1/2016 5:03:00 AM)


    Painful truth, we never know how this life will end...........Nice and touchy poem as usual. Thanks for sharing...10++ (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, February 1, 2016

Poem Edited: Monday, February 1, 2016


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