Om Chawla

Bronze Star - 2,297 Points (India)

Pavement Dwellers - Poem by Om Chawla

Stepping out of a tavern in tipsy state
Past midnight, half conscious and half in daze,
Struggling to find some space
He staggered along the pavement by the road;
Finally finding some stretch to lie
He slinked between the two who already lay
And nudging them further for more space
Among those homeless dwellers there he lay.

Struggling to cover themselves with gaping rags
Pulling it over the face when legs would expose,
In covering the legs street light's glare won't let them doze,
Shrunk in a huddle then dormience they find.

A hard concrete pavement is their restful place,
Burning hot in summer, chillier on cold wintry nights
And when it rains there is no place to hide.

Sniffing for food mongrels often sneak around
Among the half fed pavement dwellers it is hardly ever found.

A hiding place for petty criminals on the run
Or a shelter for some forsaken and deprived one.

Strange is the world of pavement dwellers at night,
Where all the ribaldry is indulged beneath the open sky.

What is this life in society so civilized?
Meaningless is right to equality, absurd human rights
When a doyen of civilized world in inebrieated state
Comes flying on his four wheeler unmindful of poors' fate
And liberates some souls from this miserable plight
Some space in the pavement gets vacated for a while
A multitude is eternally in wait
It will soon be occupied there won't be empty space.

Topic(s) of this poem: social

Form: Free Verse

Comments about Pavement Dwellers by Om Chawla

  • Valsa George (12/14/2015 4:35:00 AM)

    A very ugly and pathetic face of our society! The rich live in the midst of all splendour in palatial bungalows while the poor street dwellers vie with each other to occupy a little space in the pavements and street corners to lay down their bodies. Where is equality? Do we ever give enough thought for their plight? When we write or read poems of this sort, our mind melts in sympathy for a while, but soon get transported to our own pursuits of amassing more wealth!
    This kind of inhuman disparity should be lessened and people should be provided with better facilities to live in dignity like human beings and not like mongrels. The Govt. has to take the initiative! A great write and deserves top marks!
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  • Abdulrazak Aralimatti (9/2/2015 9:32:00 AM)

    A very thoughtful poem indeed,
    We have made a great progress in science and technology and yet
    remain unprogressed and uncivilized
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  • Jaishree Nair (9/2/2015 4:05:00 AM)

    The life of a tramp or peddler well envisioned.. Thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Bhargabi Dei Mahakul (9/2/2015 2:26:00 AM)

    Very sensitive and thought provoking poem drafted well with wonderful social affairs. Struggling to find some space is too difficult at modern time as this is difficult to search peace. Still hope rises new sun with summer and cold winter. An amazing poem shared....10 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Poem Edited: Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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