Saturday, September 25, 2010

Beggar in Need




 I sit inside my enclosure-
gloomy windows drawn
to prevent the world
from shattering
my presumed privacy,
and then,
suddenly,
comes a wail,
a plea for mercy
as hands, dirty palms
spread before me
knocking on stained glass,
knocking for entry
into my world of generosity.

Even as the traffic lights
prepare to change
I sit glum
"I know these people" I say.
"They are all frauds" I say again.
The plea goes on and on,
cool breeze blows in
gently,
and I am off,
ignoring the pleas and wails.

Was that a person really in need?
Was my deed indeed faultless?

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7 comments:

irnewshari said...

Good one Shail.

Your doubt is absolutely true. These ppl are employed by a gang, who depute them to different traffic signals. The gang leader fixes a minimum target which must be given to them. They can survive only with the balance amount if any.

Similar is the story of boys selling ;sundal' in beaches. A gang comes and drops them and collects money late in night.

Near my house, a beggar starts begging from 6 am and buys two news papers, then around 8 goes to 'Murugan Idly Kadai' for breakfast.... such is their life style

Hari

Shail Raghuvanshi said...

Thanks Hari for your comments.

I know that we can get cynical about the beggars because we see reality being enacted out right before our eyes. But sometimes, I really wonder, if they did not do what they did how would they survive. I have been fortunate enough to not be in their kind of position ( whether they really are in need or not is a different matter altogether.)

Shail

Kristen Haskell said...

I have a personal policy about giving. If I have it to give I give freely. I never judge the need or worry about the fraud part. That is not my concern. I know in my heart that when I am in need, I will be provided for. I know this because it is proved to me time and time again. Now, should a fraud make way with something that could go to someone in true need, well that is their Karma they play with not mine. The young boy's eyes, I just want to hug him. Great poem!

Jingle said...

you write so well,
would love to have you in our team.

Shail Raghuvanshi said...

Hi Jingle.

So nice of you to stop by. Would love to be there.

Shail Raghuvanshi said...

you write so well,
would love to have you in our team.

Shail Raghuvanshi said...

I have a personal policy about giving. If I have it to give I give freely. I never judge the need or worry about the fraud part. That is not my concern. I know in my heart that when I am in need, I will be provided for. I know this because it is proved to me time and time again. Now, should a fraud make way with something that could go to someone in true need, well that is their Karma they play with not mine. The young boy's eyes, I just want to hug him. Great poem!