Jasbir Chatterjee

Gold Star - 13,181 Points (4 March 1966 / Delhi)

The Vagabonds - Poem by Jasbir Chatterjee

Winter has gone.
Spring has gone,
The flowery bushes are gone too;
Their place is now taken up by the vagabonds
With their matted hair, tattered rags,
Drugged blood and bloodshot eyes;

Where they have come from,
How they reached here,
Who their parents were,
Their mothers who once harboured them in their wombs
And cradled them lovingly in their arms after birth,
No one knows.

Blissful, unconscious, and oblivious,
They sleep on Delhi's dusty pavements under a hot, pitiless sun;
Orphaned, nameless, meaningless,
The scum of the city,
Hanging on precariously to lives
That could have created millions.

Topic(s) of this poem: homeless

Form: Prose Poem

Comments about The Vagabonds by Jasbir Chatterjee

  • (4/18/2016 5:34:00 AM)

    A touchy poem indeed, The heat waves are waiting for them to test their patience and perseverance. (Report)Reply

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  • Ency Bearis (4/5/2016 7:12:00 AM)

    Well versed evoking pathos to the Vagabonds. (Report)Reply

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  • Kishore Kumar Das (4/5/2016 4:34:00 AM)

    God bless and protect those vagabonds......nice lines by you.. (Report)Reply

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  • Randhir Kaur (4/2/2016 6:50:00 AM)

    I take the opportunity to felicitate u for completing 60 th journey here..
    Written very nicely..poignant art of work..worth praising prose..

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  • Rajnish Manga (4/2/2016 4:47:00 AM)

    Congratulations on sharing your 60th poem on PH, Jasbir ji. You have been a great observer of life and have portrayed it wherever it has jolted your conscience. Thanks. I quote: Orphaned, nameless, meaningless / The scum of the city / Hanging on precariously to lives (Report)Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (4/2/2016 4:41:00 AM)

    A real portrait of urban homeless ones.
    Your selection of words are superb madam.
    I felt attracted to your poem at the very outset.
    I would love to go through all of your poems as soon as I have time.
    Thanks for the poem, nice and beautiful.Subhas

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  • Jasbir Chatterjee (4/2/2016 3:54:00 AM)

    This is my 60th poem on my webpage on this site. Thank you, PH, for all the love and attention I have received here. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 2, 2016

Poem Edited: Saturday, April 2, 2016

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