This was something that really happened 10 days ago and I posted it on G+ the same day, which happened to be World Poetry Day!
Today happens to be one of the happiest days of my life. I came to know
about a girl, 16-17 years old, who was begging on the street because she
was a run away from home and she knew she wasn't going to be accepted
back in her home even when her life might be in danger.
I came to
know about her from a lady who works as a domestic help, she wanted to
help her but didn't know how. Most of my day was spent today, coordinating
between the child help line members and the domestic helper lady who
knew where the girl could be found. I received a call this afternoon
from a child help line member informing me that she was finally rescued
and was safe and sound.
Thank god she wasn't begging far away from
where she was spotted initially so they could find her, although with
I am celebrating world poetry day, here is my attempt, based on the life of this girl:
"The Beggar Girl"
The outside world looked so beautiful
From the confines of my home
And my home, was such a drag
Dull, monotonous and gloomy..
My life had just school with tons of homework that I hated..
One fine day,
I decided to fulfill my sweetheart's wish...
To run away with him to an exciting place he promised...
And I did;
To my horror, I realized that my sweet heart was,
After all not so sweet,
Instead, was getting bitter over every other thing, until..
One fine day I found only darkness around me,
There was neither sweet nor bitter to be found anywhere!
Nowhere to go, nothing to look forward to..
I cried so much until my tears lost all energy to come out,
My stomach churned with hunger, I couldn’t bear it anymore…
So, here I am, the beggar girl..
I extend my arm out to anyone on the street,
Asking for food or money or even clothes.
I sleep in the day so I could be awake at night..
And guard myself against the vultures that roamed the streets,
Once a nice old man who gave me some food,
Brought me to this big temple.
Told me I would be safer here..
Here I am, the beggar girl,
I beg here, I live here, I exist with all of you
On this big space called planet earth.