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A Battle to Survive

Updated on June 19, 2017
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A Battle to Survive

In my car, on the way
I stumble upon a sight
Such stifling heat out
squatted on a heap of garbage
An old sticky poor woman
Gathers things
Some plastic pieces
Bits of iron, some papers
She 's engrossed
Separates each item out of the heap
Things that'll satiate her hunger
The trash'll give her
Some pieces of bread
Tortured by the summer
Yet so immersed
In life's hard path
Her shattered form
Less skin, mere bones
Old woman, heat, waste,
Life, existence
So much boils in the mind
We're so mad after things
Possessing and possessing
For two breads
And a shanty
The woman waging war
In her twilight
Her muted existence
Told so many tales
So much pain
On one hand
Moments and days
Count the life
The whole life on the other
Torn by toil and hunger
This side we go
Eating and living
There death stares
Every moment
Swallowing life
The same journey
For all guys
So different
But each rhythm !
And each step !
I pondered
When time looked
At the woman
It isn't at rest !

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      Harish Mamgain 18 months ago from India

      Thanks Devika. Having a compassionate heart enriches our life.

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      Devika Primić 18 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Many people don't have much to survive and helping each other when in need is such a touch to the heart.

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      Harish Mamgain 18 months ago from India

      Yes, my friend, Hari. We must have a sympathetic heart toward such people and a helping hand too. Thanks for stopping by and presenting your kind comments.

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      Hari Prasad S 18 months ago from Bangalore

      Society comprises of poor, middle class & wealthy. One out of this is society are those who are homeless people. The so called society ignores them completely.

      - hari

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      Harish Mamgain 18 months ago from India

      Yes, brother Manatita. I think, every human being should be leading a decent life, satiating at least his basic needs. Thanks for showing concern for poor people.

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      Harish Mamgain 18 months ago from India

      Thank you, Eric. A large chunk of population of the world has a miserable existence. For them, there must be a space of concern in our heart. Thanks for your kind visit to this hub.

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      Harish Mamgain 18 months ago from India

      Ruby, a stray moment before my eyes raised so many questions in my mind. Thanks for reading this hub and putting up such sincere thoughts.

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      manatita44 18 months ago from london

      Stark reality. So common, Bro. What's to do? Big question. Vivid description of what things are like for some. Yet we complain ...

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      Eric Dierker 18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Painful my friend. And wonderfully done. I must act more controllably.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 18 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh, this hurt! I just got home from shopping. So many have nothing, hunting for food. How could this be? So much wealth owned by a few. Your poetry is an eye opener..