Madathil Rajendran Nair

Gold Star - 27,404 Points (3rd December 1946 / Bombay, India)

Wheelchair Might - Poem by Madathil Rajendran Nair

Get on the wheelchair
Bypass the immigration mire
Have your way swift
Through security check
Pretend you are disabled
Be an object of pity
Drag your feet
Like beggars on Bombay streets

Or put your parents on wheelchair
Even if they are like athletes fit
Gobble tonnes of sweets
Without the blood sugar
Rising even a wee bit

Then escort them in and out
Laughing at the toilers behind
Who wait in long lines
At indifferent counters
Wiping sweating foreheads
Cursing unmoving watches
Idiots who don’t realize
Craftiness they should devise
If quick success is the end in sight

This my friend is the secret
To success in the world
Do not ever be sentimental
Follow this everywhere
Thou shan’t grieve
Born thou art to survive

Put your candidates on wheelchair
Contest elections to parliament
Why not even have the chair
As election symbol
You will win for sure
Riding the sympathy wave
A tear-box is any time proof
Even against popular tides

And as you wheel your easy way out
Of the world’s numberless airports
Your head clogged with the dream
Of owning a wheelchair business in boom
Don’t forget to wink without shame
At those who still stay behind
Whose rights you have infringed

The gracefully aging ones
Octogenarians and nonagenarians
Alike of the world’s every nook and corner
Still waiting at the belts
For their baggage to arrive
Their spines held steady like steel
Shaming all the metal you wheel
Who still find ardour
In their fast aging vigour

Topic(s) of this poem: pretence


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Written in February 2014 after a Chennai-London-Dallas flight. Most passengers at Chennai were on wheelchairs!

Comments about Wheelchair Might by Madathil Rajendran Nair

  • Uma Ram (4/22/2015 2:29:00 AM)


    Hilarious at the same time thought provoking sir. Thanks for the variety of themes shared as inspirations, for developing poets like us. Thanks for your continuous encouragement sir. Please do read my latest poem THE MANGO TREE...Thanks once again sir. (Report) Reply

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  • Elena Sandu (3/16/2015 10:55:00 PM)


    With all due respect sir, may I appologise, I think and hope I missunderstood your poem as it is hard to believe that somebody would use a wheelchair only to bypass the immigration, but if they did, I hope they have learned that there is not so easy way to wheel out of anywhere, I really hope they learned how life is not easier for those who cannot walk either, and maybe one day the experience will prove fruitful in a good way.
    ..Tried to spend half a day in a wheelchair just to learn how my friends feels, but gave up after less than 2 hours, however, in those hours oh dear I learned things that I could never know otherwise. I do advise anyone who think life is easy for the man who cannot walk, please try experience simply the use of a toilet or just imagine moving around with powerless legs or tied tight in a wheelchair. Maybe we need to learn that we have to slow the time not only for those people's sake but also for ourselves.
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  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (3/15/2015 10:39:00 AM)


    A wheelchair is a boon to the one who has a handicap. Hope it is not misused and thus deprive the use by those who really need one. I am sure the poem is directed to those who misuse it. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (3/13/2015 6:23:00 AM)


    Then escort them in and out....very wonderfully presented poem shared really. Nicely composed. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (3/12/2015 11:23:00 PM)


    Oh! Goodness....! ! So true! A wheel chair will save a lot of hurdles during an overseas plane journey! But always bear in mind that it is an infringement on others rights unless otherwise one is so invalid or handicapped! We live in a world where many find such short cuts to their achieving the target! Opt to age gracefully instead of craving sympathy on being old! Greatly enjoyed this satire and a 10 (Report) Reply

  • Rajesh Thankappan (3/12/2015 11:39:00 AM)


    Craftiness may pay at time, but the problem is that first and foremost we will be cheating our sincerity. Like it very much. (Report) Reply

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (3/12/2015 9:03:00 AM)


    Very nice and note that has been tagged thank you (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, March 12, 2015



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