Shahzia Batool

(Pakistan)

A New Song of Innocence & Experience!


A wounded child waved to him
He stopped his car with a caring heart
Before he knew it
An armed and tightly muffled man
came from the dark in the rear
Knocked him down on the hard ground
The next moment when he came to his senses
Found himself alone
The man and the child in the car were off
he saw upwards
As if to search for his late father
An honest face emerged
in the flakes of moonlit clouds
He heard him speak some silent words,
“My Son, I know the times are bad,
Don’t look with these complaining eyes
My lessons that I taught to you
are still but right
Keep intact your innocence
And leave aside your foolishness
Just use your brain and think before the act of mercy
Where to stop, where not to stop…
I gave you all the gift of trust but
Certainly not the blind one…

Submitted: Friday, September 20, 2013
Edited: Saturday, September 21, 2013

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the first part is based on an incident i heard from someone...adopted here!

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  • Queeny Gona (11/5/2013 3:08:00 AM)

    Amazing Ms. Shahzia Batool Ji!

    Just use your brain and think before the act of mercy
    Where to stop, where not to stop…
    I gave you all the gift of trust but
    Certainly not the blind one…

    In this world of hypocisy and decietfullness one should think before the act of mercy! (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Grantham (11/2/2013 11:58:00 PM)

    Sometimes we do things unwittingly trying to help someone in
    need. We have to pray for discernment in the choices that we make.
    Good advice from a father to son. Let us all take heed. Very good. (Report) Reply

  • Ken E Hall (10/13/2013 4:49:00 AM)

    Excellent advice from the father above and common-sense for everyone in life today with the world full of people wanting to get something that is for free by hook or crook! great poem...regards (Report) Reply

  • Harindhar Reddy (10/1/2013 5:56:00 AM)

    A great poem charged with deep feelings. Fantastic write with in-depth meaning. Marvelously written verse. Thumbs up! (Report) Reply

  • Heather Wilkins (9/22/2013 4:35:00 PM)

    an excellent poem Shahzia. These things happen in life so we must be very careful hwo and when we try to help. This was a clear set up using a child. (Report) Reply

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (9/21/2013 11:33:00 PM)

    I have seen sister such acts when i was posted to HASIMARA near Bhutan..I felt badly but I came to know the Poverty is the main root cause we must look into it Poverty is a curse a fertile land for crime nice poem thank you (Report) Reply

  • Sallam Yassin (9/21/2013 11:16:00 AM)

    that is kind of testing
    your good attentions
    there is always reasons pushing you to other side
    but we should stuck on our way
    and never become like your(enemy) / thanks (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (9/20/2013 10:59:00 PM)

    Practical wisdom should teach one not to blindly trust everyone! Times are bad and through prudence and intuition, we have to discern the good from the bad. A very intelligent observation of life, put beautifully and logically into a fine write, Shahzia!
    As Dinesh has observed, another version of Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience (Report) Reply

  • Dinesh Nair (9/20/2013 8:17:00 PM)

    The old songs of innocence and experience by William Blake here go for a change as Shahzia comes out with this write half an episode and half an observation. I think being practical about things is very important at every stage of life. (Report) Reply

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