Need to live … just to prove a point

The evening falls
The cool breeze flutters his hair as he trudges along
The bird flies towards the nest
As he moves towards his “home” in the shanties
Tiredness envelop the small eyes
The thought of hunger occasionally brushes his mind
Need to sleep, need to sleep


Two breads and a bowl of vegetables
One of the expensive dinners he can afford
He wants to see a clear sky with the stars burning bright
Only to be greeted by four drops of rain from a cloudy night
Who cares about tomorrow when today is not yet finished
The torn shirt speaks of sweat and dust
Need to sleep, need to sleep


The sound of silence is deafening
The movement of the clouds is endless
The buzz of the flies is irritating
The sack bundle is the pillow
The smiles have gone
The perspiration cuddle his face with love
Need to sleep, need to sleep


Thought it was thunder, realised it was a bomb blast
Thought it was sweat, realised it was blood
Thought it was my cousin, realised it was the terrorist
Thought it was chimney, realised it was the burning smoke
Thought it was a cry, realised it was the last shriek of my neighbour
Thought it was life, realised it has become another dream
Need to live, need to live … just to prove a point


Remembering the only poem which meant something to me
“Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action–
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake”


I hope someday you, you and you will join me
In defining the value of life
In defining the song of happiness
In defining the sense of humanity
In defining the love of brotherhood
In defining the meaning of the right to live


Till that time,
Need to live, need to live, need to live
Just to prove a point …….

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