English: Child beggers begging infront of a ch...

English: Child beggers begging infront of a church on a sunday morning. This begging children belong to a tribal sect of Andhra Pradesh which has begging as the only occupation. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part 1-Eleven

I am a boy of eleven
Begging on the streets of doom
I don’t know what name they call it
For me it’s called gloom…

I lay out my arms in hope
In hope that someone will give me money
But what use is that
When I don’t have love of my mummy

And here in the night
I try a little glue to get away
From my polythene bag
Into a wish I brisk away

The animals I pet, those soft little things
They also cry with me, singing a hungry harmony
Our story is the same
Be it Jerusalem or Albany

In the heat
I scream and howl
I want a home
I want an out

In the night
I scream and howl
I want love
I want an out

Part 2- Fourteen

I am a boy of fourteen
Begging on the streets of doom
I don’t know what name they call it
For me it’s called gloom

They have handed me a brochure
Declaring God as my closure
I ask -“Where is he in my time of need? “
Religion is useless, when for food I bleed.

The animal which in the morning prays
That shady animal in the night ‘preys’
I beg him to leave me alone
As he has my innocence thrown

The next day the police man sees me
Hits me hard with his baton
As he pours glue all on me
He incarnates Satan

Part 3- Eighteen

I am a boy of eighteen
“Preying” on the streets of doom
I don’t know what name they call it
But this is where my horror looms…. Abhik Shome

It is through poverty I have been made
Through sufferings my crimes have been paid
And I have paid enough already, YES! Enough already on this regard
Poverty leads to violence, when a child has no guard

Copyright © 2013 Abhik Shome.

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