Bhaswat Chakraborty


The Naked Child

Poem by Bhaswat Chakraborty

The war stopped, the great one
About seventy years ago
All said and done
There is now peace – peace aglow

UN, NASA, WHO and democracy
Thrived along as never before
Wall Street, NASDAQ and their intricacy
Made the richest history implore
Health and education improved
Everywhere as behooved
Progress…human rights…stable regimes
Humanity can dream now big dreams

But take a sober look
Take a look at the other side of the moon
These achievements by the book
Are they really misleading dune
In as much as the human heart wants
Some basics and warm smiles
A little care that the love commands
A little respect without guiles

The city of Los Angeles
And a small village in Sudan
One common they both do possess
A small child – a tyke human
A child in these two places
Their ways of growth you assess
Short of a bias, take a sober look
Take a look at the side beguiled
A pair of pants may be all it took
To uphold the truth of a naked child!

A child unfed, cold and distraught
Laughs at the face of civilization’s galore
The truth of human progress is naught
If it has this naked truth to ignore


Comments about The Naked Child by Bhaswat Chakraborty

  • Matt MooneyMatt Mooney (9/25/2009 1:55:00 AM)

    A poem that pulls us up short.'If you do it to one of my least brethern you do it to me'.We cannot say that we love our fellow man if do not start with loving and caring for all our children no matter what their creed or colour. We are all guilty.10.(Report)Reply

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  • ###the SailoR...Sailing to Your Heart forever (9/13/2009 1:32:00 PM)

    A powerful truth..so well penned...(Report)Reply

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  • Ravi SathasivamRavi Sathasivam (9/13/2009 4:59:00 AM)

    Another great poem from you.
    Well penned. Truthfull poem
    Thanks for sharing with me
    10+(Report)Reply

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  • Mubeen SadhikaMubeen Sadhika (9/4/2009 3:30:00 AM)

    You've truly felt the real situation. Nice to read. Deserves 10+(Report)Reply

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  • Philosophy of a DewyFlower (9/3/2009 6:55:00 AM)

    a wise write! your pen engraves a ridiculous Reality!
    indeed we are living in a Complicated World; no justice, no peace, no equality.
    a touching poem.
    great!
    10/10
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  • Lynda Robson (9/1/2009 8:33:00 AM)

    Sad write, there is a lot of injustice in this world
    Lynda xx 10(Report)Reply

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  • Ivor Hogg (8/19/2009 8:25:00 AM)

    Fair comment Sir. but parents can only do their best in small villages and big cities
    Caring parents that is(Report)Reply

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  • Kafil Uddin Raihan (8/18/2009 11:20:00 AM)

    A heart touching truth about ourselves.......................(Report)Reply

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  • Rajaram RamachandranRajaram Ramachandran (8/17/2009 11:02:00 PM)

    We are living in a deceptive world. On the one side UN charter speaks of no war but unity. On the other side, wars, poverty, starvation, malnutrition, hoarding essential things etc still exist and swallowing many lives day by day. Every today's child is a citizen of tomorrow-they all say, but in action, child labor is taking away their bright future and they die out of starvation and malnutrition.
    A well thougtful poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Sebastine HumaemoSebastine Humaemo (8/13/2009 4:31:00 AM)

    touchin...can feel the life in yur lines....a must read by all....1000++ sebastine(Report)Reply

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  • Christina Phan (8/13/2009 1:07:00 AM)

    wow, sad, great and touching
    10++(Report)Reply

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  • Lynn Glover (8/8/2009 4:45:00 AM)

    Bhaswat: You give a sad but true commentary on the condition of the world's children. A good write. Please read My Special Child. Thanks Lynn(Report)Reply

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  • Roman Petrov (8/8/2009 4:37:00 AM)

    Great poem! ! 10 votes! The poem's meaning is the greed of globalization and capitalizm I think...(Report)Reply

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  • Vandavasu Vittal (8/8/2009 4:27:00 AM)

    Laughs at the face of civilization’s galore
    The truth of human progress is naught
    If it has this naked truth to ignore

    This has the whole woeful poem in it excellent meaning and theme I hope one day there maybe a better tomorrow for those innocent bystanders of the commercial monster.(Report)Reply

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  • Aparna Sinha (8/7/2009 8:49:00 PM)

    I am touched! ...its excellent thanks a lot for sharing(Report)Reply

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  • Hiding Nothing (8/7/2009 8:26:00 PM)

    A great write Nice flow(Report)Reply

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  • Catrina Heart (8/6/2009 10:06:00 AM)

    You have revealed a very nice theme...well described and implied....10+++(Report)Reply

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  • Allemagne RoßmannAllemagne Roßmann (8/6/2009 7:21:00 AM)

    a very good comparitive analysis done w.r.t. first and third worlds.....and reasons allaocated...liked it voted 10.(Report)Reply

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  • Sandhya S N (8/4/2009 5:11:00 AM)

    Very touching lines
    expressing the diverging truths when we howl the development and achivements.
    We have to define once again
    Gobal development and achivement on the basis of distribution of resources and the fulfillment of justice.
    Your lines did pierce my heart
    regards(Report)Reply

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  • Joseph Poewhit (8/3/2009 8:46:00 AM)

    True, the seeds of tomorrow(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Poem Edited: Sunday, May 22, 2011