Tuesday, March 2, 2010


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Touched by thoughts
that slash and scar,
Humiliation touched
every nerve, every cell,
Eyes cry tearless cries
            mouths mouth muted moans,
Who has the time to linger
            and ask if it hurts at all?
The glance, the smirk, the ignore,
            kerchief on upturned noses.

A glance is enough
to reboot afresh,
A flurry of thoughts
that race to that scar,
To nibble and gnaw
till the slash rebleeds,
A thousand more beads
of inhuman pain.

Inherited pain
and the cruel name
In their new muster
and their black drain.
Clothed in lion
and in layers of muck
Hyena of the urbanscape
down black prison of poison.
Breathing in the fumes
that still burp contently
From yesterday’s dinner
at the Barbeque Nation.

March 2, 2010
© Nalini Hebbar/openmind/2009 - all rights reserved

We still have people going into drains and bringing up the muck. We have technology for everything under the sun, then why are we subjecting our fellow human beings in this deplorable manner? Is it because they are still there? Coz they still have to eat to remain alive?

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Parth J Dave said...

Wow! What a touching poem!

Maybe we have no option but to provide employment in such ways... This is definitely a point to be really thought of.

By the way, I've read some of your poems here like 'Is a woman ever safe?' and this one. I must say you arrange words brilliantly. Great going, Mrs. Nalini!

P.S. Can you also please write a poem as a guest post for my blog? I'd be honoured!

Vinita Apte said...

you have a way with words...and such varied topics....

I never understood poetry so much but am liking yours a lot...

R. Ramesh said...

very powerful post buddy...touching too..shows how good hearted u r...

Nalini Hebbar said...

thanks guys...for the encouragement and blessings

Cool4u said...

Beautiful! its a wonder that people have such imagination.

Nithin RS said...

Well,this is something very relevant.Ive seen these scene alot as i grew up and even recently.Even when there is technology,our government machineries are so obselete in policy making that it took this long to get an automatic sweeeper.Well things are changing,in coming years more automatic systems will be used to keep our drain systems running.As you said,it is absolutely demeaning those people who have to do this for living,when there are alternatives available.

Allie Hwang said...
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Allie Hwang said...

Hi, we are San Min Book Co., Ltd. (, a leading and well-known publisher in Taiwan. May we use this picture in our senior high schools' textbook entitled "Citizen and Society"? My e-mail is, contact Ms. Allie Hwang.