Treasure Island

Shahzia Batool

(Pakistan)

Child Labour


Just hard life
bitter strife
Selling balloons
not playing with them
driving carts
of ice-cream sticks
not tasting them
wiping the screens
breaking the stones
picking the cocoa beans
not eating the chocolates
facing snubs
and harsh looks
no pen to write
no bags, no books
dreamy eyes
vacant stares
wishful thoughts
feet bare
I hear Blake
speaking pity
from heart's core
just take care
lest you should drive
an angel from your door!

Submitted: Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Edited: Thursday, July 04, 2013

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The poem is a sequel to the poem of the same title composed by Jayachandran Chakrapany!

Reference to Blake connects us to the last line of his poem HOLY THURSDAY 1! ! !

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  • Walterrean Salley (7/9/2013 10:34:00 PM)

    Children should be free to be children and enjoy the blessing of childhood. There is enough to deal with when a child becomes grown, so don't make them an adult before time. A wonderful write Shahzia. (Report) Reply

  • Stephen Loomes (7/7/2013 4:59:00 AM)

    Exploited children need poets, and writers too, Dickens woke many but while many spoke there was another group who, said talk is not enough, there is much we can do, so here's to Kate Barnard the great pioneer so true and cheers to Michael Thomas Sadler for making it come true. (Report) Reply

  • Passionate Reader (7/5/2013 5:31:00 PM)

    Child is the father of man, the famous line by William Wordsworth. This line is highly symbolic.
    Every child has the right to enjoy his childhood but some children are forcefully put to work. This is a remarkable poem with a strong loud message. So inspirational! ! ! Thanx for sharing! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Lasoaphia Quxazs (7/5/2013 7:08:00 AM)

    I know this feeling, but when I was hungry and there was no bread I never had feeling to have some, because nobody had in my neighborhood. And now I do not wish anything what other people have, but God gave me everything what I need now, why I am grateful every second. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh Rai (7/4/2013 11:01:00 AM)

    a burning problem of this civilised era. if we see 100 yrs back we dont find so much.grt write. my poem Hotel boy concern with the same topic. thnx for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (7/4/2013 9:16:00 AM)

    It is unfortunate that at a tender age, children are forced to become bread winners of the family! It is even shattering to see children slogging like slaves and being mercilessly treated by their heartless employers! What they get may be just a square meal....! ! Reacting to such crippling practices should be the self undertaken task of a civilized society! Good job Shahzia! (Report) Reply

  • Shihabudheen K J (7/4/2013 7:03:00 AM)

    child labour is one of the hardest reality that is still practised all over the world....this poem seems like an eye opener that atleast one of us can save a child doing labour and bring him into horizons of knowledge, games, care and all..regards shahzia (Report) Reply

  • Heather Wilkins (7/3/2013 5:06:00 PM)

    Our children should be in school learning instead of working Child labor should not exist. excellent Shahzia (Report) Reply

  • Jayachandran Chakrapany (7/3/2013 12:37:00 PM)

    Respond against the social evils is the duty of a writer.But alas most of them only see dreams and imaginations.How to change this world, that may be the motto, at least with some of their writings.Congrats Shahai, this poem carries a good message against child labor.jk (Report) Reply

  • Chandra Thiagarajan (7/3/2013 10:45:00 AM)

    This sequel written to the above stated poem is made elaborate and lovely with the last three lines driving a nail on the head! GREAT, Shazia! (Report) Reply

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