FLOWER CHILD





In the sweltering heat, she sits,
By the corner of the street,
Awaiting a car to pass by,
Any car that'd stop,
And feed her empty stomach,
She is too proud to beg though,
She works hard for a living, and how,
Balancing delicately a basket of flowers,
She hunts in traffic, her customers,
Every flower sold, shall earn her a penny,
To kill hunger, hers and her family's,
A responsible little lass,
Too matured for her age,
Whilst she should be in school studying,
Harsh realities, destiny is tutoring.


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22 comments:

  1. Oh, this is such a sad reality for way too many little ones. I'm glad you reminded us of this. This would be such a good poem for more privileged children.

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    1. thanks @Victoria...loved the prompt

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  2. So beautiful yet sad...

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  3. True and touching, Nandini...
    Alas! Harsh reality...

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  4. True, every word of it.. years ago I met a girl selling flowers, she pleaded me to buy the last bunch.. she looked educated and I asked her if she was.. yes she said, she sold flowers in the evening to help her parents make a living.. she was on 4th std and wanted to get back home to do her homework. Needless to say, I was her last customer for the day.

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  5. This can bring tears to anybodyz eyes..Touching post

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    1. thanks for reading @shilpi

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  6. beautiful and reaching

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  7. sad and touching :( but beautifully written...

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  8. poignant one.. 'destiny is tutoring'....

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    1. thanks for reading @Aparna

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  9. Goes out for every child we see suffering these woes..!!
    'Harsh realities, destiny is tutoring' - Amazing

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    1. yes..for those tiny ones who are burdened with responsibilities so young..while they should be infact playing or studying///thanks for reading Jyotsna

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  10. last line, so apt! nice one :)

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  11. beautiful... touched :)

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