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Face Of A Beggar Child

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Face Of A Beggar Child


I saw your tear-stained face O’ child
It swam before my eyes at night
I clearly saw your life’s struggle,
Your painful hunger pangs and fright.

In my dreams I could clearly see
Your shredded clothes and unkempt hair.
At such a tender age O’ child,
On your face it was all written there.

No one to care for you my child
No one to call your very own.
No mother nor father to call you son, 
No siblings to call you come hither bro’.

I wondered how you came to be
In such a distressed way of life
Each day you have to beg for alms
And face the world’s rage and strife.

Were you the victim of natural disaster,
Like quake or floods epidemic or plague.
Or was it due to human vices
Like war or bloody bath of  death.

Were you  lost in busy hustle of life,
Was it all due to human greed.
Were you the fruit of sin and tossed,
Amidst dirty dustbin where dogs came to feed.

Your tear-stained face swims before my eyes,
And asks me how it came to be.
That  God created all humans alike,
But gave them different destiny.

Oh God, this your humble servant,
Asks you just one small question.
If there are so many tear-stained faces present,
Why Mother Teressa was only one.

Copyright © Kulsum Mehmood

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  1. Date: 7/18/2012 8:13:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poem making it through round one of the PoetrySoup International Poetry Contest. I wish you the best in the finals Kulsum. Love, Carol

    Mehmood Avatar Kulsum Mehmood
    Date: 7/18/2012 7:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Carol for your encouraging comment.
  1. Date: 8/28/2011 11:26:00 AM
    This is very deep. I like the two last stanzas.

    Mehmood Avatar Kulsum Mehmood
    Date: 8/28/2011 12:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Dinda. I joined PoetrySoup today and this is my first poem.