Souren Mondal

Gold Star - 31,382 Points (10th November 1991 / Chandannagar)

Useless Bastards - Poem by Souren Mondal

Slick, and wonderfully crafted
The world works in mysterious ways
Riches, become more rich
and the poor sway away.

Here in the dreams of the boy living in slums


The corporationals sell pizzas in a fancy resturant
Where his mum's parathas lose their magic

Murdered hopes,
Mutilated daydreams at night

Their bodies are wet in dew
A car runs over them along the footpath.

The dog and the child with a torn, black shirt
No one mourns their death

Let the mercedes crush the innocent daydreams at night
Let the poor beg at stations

We are as blind as the child
who was blinded with acid
To become the beggar that will supply money for drugs.

Souren Mondal
January 21,2016

Topic(s) of this poem: poverty, death

Form: Free Verse


Poet's Notes about The Poem

I gotta thank dear Pamela 'Pam' Sinicrope for her help in fixing my grammatical error.. Without her, I am so done! !

Thanks Pam :)

Comments about Useless Bastards by Souren Mondal

  • Souren Mondal (2/11/2016 5:57:00 AM)


    I tried to 'edit' the poem, but it is just not working.. So, here is a properly revised version of the poem -

    ***

    'Slick, and wonderfully crafted
    The world works in mysterious ways
    Riches, become more rich
    and the poor sway away.

    Here in the dreams of the boy living in slums

    The corporationals sell pizzas in a fancy resturant
    Where his mum's parathas lose their magic

    Murdered hopes,
    Mutilated daydreams at night

    Their bodies are wet in dew
    A car runs over them along the footpath.

    The dog and the child with a torn, black shirt
    No one mourns their death

    Let the mercedes crush the innocent daydreams at night
    Let the poor beg at stations

    We are as blind as the child
    who was blinded with acid
    To become the beggar that will supply money for drugs.'

    ***
    I had made some grammatical mistakes as well as wrote a few lines whose meaning (to use a very light phrase) was vague..

    Pamela 'Pam' Sinicrope helped me to fix the pathetic errors.. And as I have said before, I will say again, she is a life-saver for me! !

    Thanks Pam :)
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (2/9/2016 6:53:00 AM)


    Yes, the poor sway away. Nice work. (Report) Reply

    Souren Mondal Souren Mondal (2/9/2016 10:22:00 AM)

    Thanks for reading Edward :)

  • Nosheen Irfan (2/6/2016 7:10:00 AM)


    Misery of a poor man's existence is depicted with a feeling of compassion n empathy here. A realistic view of the world where might is right. The title of the poem is sarcastic n cynical but not off the mark because that's how the world views a poor miserable man. (Report) Reply

    Souren Mondal Souren Mondal (2/9/2016 10:23:00 AM)

    That is the exact situation.. Lives of human beings nowadays have less importance than, say, a car.. Pathetic..

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (2/1/2016 11:44:00 AM)


    Money is just the medium of exchange yet people run after it and hoard as if they will carry it to the next world without giving heed to others, they take it as a pride and possess it as much as possible to show others their M-Power. The sad part of the society is well unfolded in your poem where rich and poor both are after money one to show-off and other to survive and live..... Let the better sense prevail and let empathy enter their body making them humble being....Thought Provoking poem. (Report) Reply

    Souren Mondal Souren Mondal (2/9/2016 10:17:00 AM)

    You are absolutely correct on that account Asim. We have multiple divisions of people based on their economic strength, and that hurts the society and human beings as a species by large. There is no balance, there are no rights.. Everything is a terrible game of power and cruelty.

  • Fabrizio Frosini (1/28/2016 10:08:00 AM)


    About the title: why offensive? You have not used ''Bastards'' as an insult. The context is important, isn't it? No problem to use your title in the book. (Report) Reply

    Souren Mondal Souren Mondal (2/6/2016 10:08:00 PM)

    Thanks Fabrizio :)

  • Fabrizio Frosini (1/28/2016 9:40:00 AM)


    Souren, you haven't written the title, when sending the poem to the Forum. Is it because you prefer not to use it?
    - Or you just forgot... ;)
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    Souren Mondal Souren Mondal (1/28/2016 9:47:00 AM)

    I was actually about to contact you about this.. I am not sure if the word 'bastard' is appropriate to be used? ? I need your and Pam's suggestion about it.. If 'bastards' cannot be used we can use something else, if it can be, then I guess 'Useless Bastards' would do..

  • Akshat Shukla (1/27/2016 1:24:00 PM)


    I really liked the poem as it addresses a very relevant subject of the 21st century. Though i didn't like the title of the poem that much. (Report) Reply

  • Fabrizio Frosini (1/27/2016 10:19:00 AM)


    when you've written to me saying words like:
    - ''.. help me understand if the poem has enough merit to be sent in..''
    - ''.. I have apparently, did not follow the Oxfam report too strictly..''
    I had thought that the metaphoric 'exposure' of your poem could be overwhelming, letting too little ground to the reader to speak of ''Poetry of Witness''. But it is not. Your poem is a very good example of what the subject of our new editorial project is (''Inequality'') .
    Very good, dear friend! Send it!
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  • Valsa George (1/25/2016)


    This is how things are.... the gross divide between the rich and the poor is appalling! While the rich splurge money in luxury, the poor wallow in filth and misery! The death of a homeless vagabond or a street urchin raises no more concern than that of a street dog. Your moral indignation is powerfully presented. When you get time, read my poem Double Face where I raise the same issue! (Report) Reply

  • Kelly Kurt (1/24/2016 4:53:00 AM)


    I just saw a report that said the top 67 richest people in the world have more money than the bottom 3.5 billion poorest combined. Bastards is too kind of a description. Excellent poem, Souren. Thank you (Report) Reply

    Souren Mondal Souren Mondal (1/24/2016 5:57:00 AM)

    Indeed Kelly.. It's sick to see kids starve, people living without a shelter over their homes, diseases, death, a severe lack of education, basic human rights.. Screw it! I am not entirely against industry or capitalism per se, but Governments give bailouts to the industries, whereas there is no shelter for the homeless.. 'effin hell, .. Just makes me sick to see such things.. Human lives have no value whatsoever...

  • Abhilasha Bhatt (1/24/2016 4:30:00 AM)


    Starvation, deficiency, ignorance, torturing, suffering are amongst those that are encapsulated in poverty....A black side of the shining world....wonderfully narrated life of poverty....thank you for sharing :) (Report) Reply

    Souren Mondal Souren Mondal (1/24/2016 7:37:00 AM)

    Thank you for reading too, Abhilasha :)

  • Rajnish Manga (1/24/2016 3:25:00 AM)


    This poem presents a shocking portrayal of our society where the poor are the worst sufferers:
    Murdered hopes / Mutilated daydreams at night / Let the mercedes crush the innocent daydreams at night / We are as blind as the child / who was blinded with acid To become the beggar that will supply money for drugs.
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    Souren Mondal Souren Mondal (1/24/2016 7:38:00 AM)

    Thank you Rajnish :)

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, January 24, 2016

Poem Edited: Thursday, February 11, 2016


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