Sandra Martyres

(5th October / Mumbai - India)

The Big Fat Wedding


The half-naked street children
Were totally awe-struck as they
Watched the bride-groom
Mount a gaily caparisoned pachyderm
Right in the middle of the city
A brightly coloured sunshade
Was also part of the paraphernalia
Along with the procession of friends
And close relatives who followed
Dressed in their wedding finery
Carrying trays of sweets and gifts
It was the usual ostentatious ceremony
Totally in keeping with the tradition
Of the big fat local Wedding

At the time I stood by and wondered
What went on in the minds
Of the poor children and of course
The other ordinary passers by
Was it one of disgust or resentment
How could any human being irrespective
Of his social status or his power
Tout his wealth with such gay abandon
When the millions of less fortunate citizens
Know not where their next meal is coming from

Submitted: Monday, January 11, 2010
Edited: Saturday, January 30, 2010

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  • Sandra Fowler (1/25/2010 10:00:00 PM)

    Some have eyes, but do not see. And ears, but do not
    hear the silent cries of the forsaken. A strong
    message. May your words find receptive hearts..
    10/10.

    Warm regards,

    Sandra (Report) Reply

  • Kesav Easwaran (1/16/2010 11:21:00 PM)

    Well, you have a valid point there Sandra...no argument against it...your write reflects the hard realities of life found everywhere...more pronounced in nations that fall behind economically
    But celebrations are part of worldly affairs...a country a religion a society a family or an individual, if be compassionate enough towards needy, has a right to celebrate but without wasting resources unduly
    A good piece that instills awareness...10 (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (1/11/2010 7:03:00 AM)

    It is a perfect example of rich poor difference well exposed through this poem! The divide is very large! The fault lies in the system we follow that does not allow reducing the gap between the two! A matter for all to think and change the system before it is too late! (Report) Reply

  • Meggie Gultiano (1/11/2010 5:20:00 AM)

    this is a piece with relevance and awakening on the part of those who have plenty but does not share.From end to end, my eyes are glued to every words you post here.
    Indeed a touching write, and conveys a strong message.
    This is great, Sandra (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (1/11/2010 4:03:00 AM)

    Trend is that not to go by the true values of life....pomp and pleasure are the eyes the rich look through....their extravagance makes the poor blind..indeed a good write as usual.... (Report) Reply

  • Fay Slimm (1/11/2010 3:53:00 AM)

    Could not agree more Sandra - - it must be unendurable for many in such circumstances. A heartfelt cry against systems of inhumanity. (Report) Reply

  • Samanyan Lakshminarayanan (1/11/2010 2:57:00 AM)

    weddings are only becoming costlier these days because of the add ons....in madurai in tamilnadu....posters of the whole family is at display in front of the mandapam...if any politician is invited....he needs to be invited right from the entrance of the city with arches and banners...total waste of money...a very practical poem sandra (Report) Reply

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