When I had eyes…

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When I had eyes…

There was red on the sidewalk:
They told me it was paint.

A little girl on her way to school
Had spilled it on the ground.

I pointed to the middle of the road,
To broken pieces of glass.

A toy must have been thrown outside,
and a car run over it.

That smashed tiffin box of a little kid?
I looked up, they were glum.

My dad was carried away
His arms and legs were torn.

Wailing white vehicles, flashing
red lights; weeping around.

It’s all part of the drama, they said,
We enact in our lives.

Why is there a crowd? I asked,
They came to see the fun.

Can I see my Dad again?
My tears gave no reply.

When I was born I had eyes
I grew up to be blind.

Little kids I played with,
Each became one of them.

I closed my ears to the distant sounds
And heard nothing, no more.

The smells I lost over the years
when I became a woman.

They told me it was part of it,
The price of growing up.

The child was dead: and never shall rise,
A victim of mercy killing.

By |2018-12-10T11:19:34+00:00July 14th, 2011|Memories, Poem, Thoughts, Writing|10 Comments

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  1. Monali July 14, 2011 at 10:00 am - Reply

    Very touching!

  2. Nari July 14, 2011 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    Very deep… and dark

  3. SUB July 14, 2011 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    wow..really touchy….

  4. sawan July 17, 2011 at 5:26 am - Reply

    that was too intense! loved the way its written.
    the book mentioned in the left sidebar; where do I buy that in bangalore?

  5. Jean July 17, 2011 at 6:46 am - Reply

    Monali, Nari, SUB: thanks a lot.
    Sawan: Thanks for your interest, the book is available at Landmark, Forum Mall and Jayanagar.

  6. Naseef Gafoor July 17, 2011 at 10:17 am - Reply

    wow. simple lines. but powerful.

  7. Anonymous July 17, 2011 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    Wonderfully written Jean… I liked the way you narrated the incident from a child's point of view… It's simplicity makes it all the more beautiful 🙂

  8. Jean July 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    Thanks, Naseef, thebrokennib…

  9. Leo July 22, 2011 at 8:24 am - Reply

    Very beautiful in its intensity.. Nicely said.

  10. Jean July 22, 2011 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Leo.

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