The Monkey Boy from Lahore, Pakistan

Monkey boy,Pakistan
Monkey boy,Pakistan

The Monkey Boy

Dirty, ragged and hungry

hopeless, he stands there

in the street.

His monkey more hopeless, more desolate

than he,

cowers in the corner by the store.

He waits for passers-by to see him.

Will they who have plenty

think of him,

or is he in the way

troubling them as they go?

But he is out of their consciousness

as they turn the corner.

He doesn´t beg,

stands there erect,


and beautiful under the dirt.

The monkey boy.

His soul crying to eternity.

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Justine76 7 years ago

This was very thoughtful. I enjoyed reading it. Its sad that people so often cant see past themselves.

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Hummingbird5356 7 years ago Author

Yes. This is reality for a very large proportion of humanity.

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maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

It hurt me to read this...and then the image kept calling me back, saying " Look...Look !! ", I exist, I am real, see my monkey, please...It's all I have to give you...

This symbiotic relationship is a human pathos disturbing to behold, therefore it is quickly ignored by most, especially in a country where such human tragedy is commonplace...Does the passerby offer the coin to the monkey or the boy..? Who's tiny fist reaches for that coin..? I think the monkey does the proud boy's bidding...So sad...Larry

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Hummingbird5356 7 years ago Author

Thank you for reading my poem. There are many boys with monkeys trying to earn a living. We don't know a hard existence living in the West.

Lahoreee 6 years ago

Life is a routine in the city where this monkey boy lives. He has chosen his livelihood as a monkey by for his teenage. He lives in a city where an old man entered the list of billionares though he is 997th in the long long list. He sees through the windows and thinks that these toys and books are for the boys who live in big villas, own Ferraris and study in rich man's schools. He sees everything with shallow eyes and then returns silently into his world where he has a monkey who performs little tricks and that is how this poor boy gets food. The western world has many good people with a kind heart who give money to many NGO's in Pakistan. These NGO's do a lot of decoration and do not do actual work as the money ends in the lavish lifestyles of the office bearers of these NGO's. Thy hold meetings in the cool lobbies of big hotels and make tear jerking speeches and then have a photo session and that's all. But the monkey boy lives and when his teenage passes away he becomes the victim of huge crime market or becomes a patient of Hepatitis 'B,C', AIDS, etc.

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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

Yes, you are right. It is a terrible crime that boys like this are living in abject poverty and misery and others are living in luxury. There is too much corruption but how do we stop it?

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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Pretty beautiful! Thank you Ma'am!

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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

Thank you Micky Dee.

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Micky Dee 6 years ago

I love this story! I love the hummingbird too! God bless!

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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

Thank you Micky Dee. You keep flitting in and out like a bird too.

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LittleFairy 5 years ago

Your poem touched my soul and brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for showing this to us through a whole new light.

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Hummingbird5356 5 years ago Author

Thank you for reading. This is a reality for many thousands of children.

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Nilanjana Biswas 2 years ago from Kolkata, India

Often the reality is fraught with such pathos. We have the same plight in India, children and youth engaged in the dying art of snake charmers, monkey and bear acts. They are victims of extreme poverty armed with the only trade that has been handed down over generations.

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Hummingbird5356 2 years ago Author

Yes, it is a very bad situation but often these children are orphans and have no one to rely on. They have no chances and no hope.

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