Rahul Singh Rana

The Bent Beggar

Bent was I,
From the world so dull,
I saw a hope,
Some young minds
In smoking puff.
I am a bent beggar,
So bent with age
Or
The world so stiff?
With one eye infected
And a broken heart.
I stood there,
Begging for a dime.
The youngsters saw me
But, ignored,
As did the world.
While smoking a cigarette,
One of them yelled
“Why do you beg? ”
Unable was I to speak
For the world has made me forget
Why do I beg?
Were those the mortal hopes
Which lay so dead in me.
Or was it the dead me?
So, bent with age
And atrocities
I still beg.
Ashamed was I to answer
But, I had to beg
But, I have to beg.

Poem Submitted: Saturday, September 14, 2013
Poem Edited: Monday, September 16, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Taking a break from work, i went to smoke a cigarette with my friends. I saw an old man begging. His face all dipped in wry. I had no choice but to write this rhyme less rhyme! !

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  • Kewayne WadleyKewayne Wadley (7/14/2015 5:52:00 PM)

    I really liked this poem. Very touching. It tugs at the heart strings. God bless you for writing this.
    This is truly a powerful piece of writing

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  • Erica Santana (8/1/2014 10:42:00 AM)

    it is a very good poem

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  • Brajendra Nath MishraBrajendra Nath Mishra (1/15/2014 3:57:00 AM)

    An inspiring poem. Good effort Sharmaji. I have also joined the community of poem hunters. Please go through my Hindi and English poems. I would welcome your comments. Thanks

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  • Soumita SarkarSoumita Sarkar (11/25/2013 6:35:00 AM)

    Good observation and the connection is really touching..........Please read my lines.Thanks.

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  • Katerina RichmondKaterina Richmond (11/10/2013 2:24:00 PM)

    That's sad. I've always tried helping the beggars. I once saw a grown man balling on a curb. Brought me to tears. This is a good peice. It reminds me of home. Thank you fir reminding me.

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  • Aneesha Roy (10/11/2013 1:50:00 PM)

    A nice concept, simply presented with an intriguing and interesting ending couplet. But I would prefer a bit more clarity as I feel the poem lacks that much needed verve of conviction somewhere. A good attempt nonetheless and quite an engaging piece.

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  • Luciana IsabelleLuciana Isabelle (10/11/2013 11:22:00 AM)

    nicely written... i love the last part...
    But, I had to beg
    But, I have to beg.
    wonderful...wish u all the best!

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  • Poetheart MorganPoetheart Morgan (10/11/2013 9:32:00 AM)

    Those who live on the street has a story to tell. Usually a history of neglect and indifference of the family.
    Good perception! ! ! !

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  • Shivani Misra (10/8/2013 4:34:00 AM)

    touching.. :) nice work! !

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  • Akanksha BhattAkanksha Bhatt (10/5/2013 8:56:00 AM)

    a simple but very nice work...

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  • Leslie Alexis (heaven Is My Home) (10/5/2013 3:10:00 AM)

    take care of the beggars, the homeless. You'll be rewarded for it. good thought! heart is in the right place.

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  • Susy Evelyne (10/4/2013 8:03:00 AM)

    Apparently simple yet moving and poignant. Makes you reflect.

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  • Brianna WinebargerBrianna Winebarger (10/3/2013 12:55:00 PM)

    I like it...it needs for flow to it, but I like the concept. Kudos

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  • Bri EdwardsBri Edwards (9/30/2013 6:10:00 PM)

    thanks for the poet note, but i did not understand what the meaning was of the following three parts of it:

    In smoking puff. ....do you mean the young people were standing in a cloud of cigarette smoke?

    Or
    The world so stiff? ....?

    Were those the mortal hopes
    Which lay so dead in me.
    Or was it the dead me? ...these lines are very interesting to read, but i don't know what they mean to you.

    i especially liked the lines:

    Ashamed was I to answer
    But, I had to beg
    But, I have to beg.

    AND

    One of them yelled
    “Why do you beg? ”
    Unable was I to speak
    For the world has made me forget
    Why do I beg?

    overall, i enjoyed the poem. i think some of the commas i would have placed elswhere. thanks for sharing. :)

    p.s. in response to the previous comment by N. Goel.....i think many people would rather work digging ditches or sitting at a computer than work at begging with an infected eye and a bent spine. though some beggers could get regular jobs no doubt, others probably have little to rely on other than the generosity of others. of course in america there is a network of welfare systems which help many people to not have to beg, but they do need to apply for assistance, and they don't always get it. and, yes, there are some who cheat the system. remember, the way a person looks does not always tell the whole story of their life and circumstances and ability to fit in to a normal workforce. : (

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  • Nishtha Goel (9/30/2013 12:10:00 PM)

    poem is nicely written but i believe that beggars should do some productive work and then get money in return rather than begging.

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  • Princess LilypadPrincess Lilypad (9/29/2013 7:06:00 PM)

    Sad, I identify completely and have fortunately vacated this space for now. Very deep and desperate, relayed brilliantly.

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  • Mark DillonMark Dillon (9/29/2013 5:12:00 PM)

    Very well written, great observation and ability to look from the other side of the fence. Life has many realities, not all of them pleasant

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  • Lydia MartinLydia Martin (9/29/2013 3:25:00 PM)

    if sadness can fill the cup of emptiness you have achieved an overflowing chalice through your words

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  • Debolina Chakrabarti (9/28/2013 12:17:00 AM)

    I appreciate your empathetic tone in this poem, against the odd sympathies we shower on them in reality...

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  • Musliim Priincess (9/26/2013 4:33:00 PM)

    Sad reality... Written beautifully,

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