when I see her lying partially naked,
half asleep or unconscious,
on a busy street of Block A’s market.
I die a little inside.
give a closer look,
and my heart cringes
at the sight of her seemingly burnt stomach,
the permanently etched pain on her face.
and scan myself for courage
to offer her aid.
But then I cower, walk past and pretend
that the last 30 seconds never occurred.
takes over my mind,
and all I can notice is
naive kids picking rags,
not knowing what would become of them.
seems to meet
the wailing mother,
hiding her tears and
feeding her hungry child.
seems to allude
the vulnerable little ones
running in half pants,
and may be enduring what they ought not.
I can bear
the rhetoric of my mind,
and rush back to find
the faceless girl in Block A.
No trace no sign.
Just the empty space
with her ghost in my mind
sitting in the very same corner.
how she went,
where she had gone.
Thought of what might befall her,
pierces my heart through and through.
For I just witnessed
my substandard reflexes bringing no aid,
and me wading each and every day, deluded,
through the mess of my own neglect.
I prod myself.
Find my pretty logics cloaking conveniences,
too afraid to stand alone and up straight,
carrying the backbone of a coward.
to act upon it
one step at a time,
not frightening my fragile courage,
remembering that faceless face every time.
that god forbid I come across
the same ghost in my life again,
I will have the courage to stop
and bring her back to life.
This poem is about how we come across so many homeless people on the streets but just cant find the courage to lend a helping hand. I am doing a 30 Days series of Poems on ‘Humanity’… This is my poem for Day 10 (Will soon edit and post the poems for rest of the days.)
Also, in Response to Kim’s (Poets United) prompt of writing succinctly and boldly about a personal experience . Sorry for not keeping it under 100 words, but just had to write it all down to get it on the common grounds for all the readers.. I hope it makes us all find our courage for those in need.