On the eve of children’s day,here is a simple poem.
Children of the world,unite.
A famous poet counted the ways he
Could love his beloved.
Let us count the ways you could
Protect yourself from unwanted advances,
From touches of strangers.
From exploitation from others,
Either for labour or bondage labour.
From inequality citing your birth,caste
Creed or sex.Fight with all your might.
to pursue your education,
Ambition or career goals.
children that you are,unite and fight
For your rights as well as others.
Never resort to violence,but
Should a need arises to protect yourself
Even your teeth and your claws
Become your weapon.
World is not only roses,it has thorns as well.
Everything is not good as it appears.
Learn to differentiate between good and bad.
Have a goal always and pursue it with determination,
Hard work and skill.
You would have your parents and teachers
And friends to guide you and help you achieve.
Once you near your goal,don’t forget
the steps you came up with.
And help others,younger and lesser than you,
Achieve the same.
All my best wishes to all the children.
Dedicated to all girl children.
International Day of The Girl Child.
Our hearts swell with pride,
At the thought of a girl child.
Not just today,every day
She is special.
Considered auspicious in traditional
Households,supposed to bring
Wealth and prosperity.
No doubt shunned in some parts
And killed on birth or treated shabbily.
Forgive them for what they do.
They know not what they lose.
Your daughter remains with you
Come what may,not “paraya dhan”,
To be gifted away to somebody else
After marriage,As was the concept
In olden day’s.Consider she is going
There to light up some other family.
Nothing can disassociate the bonding.
Light up a girl’s life,educate her to the
Maximum.Encourage her in her aspirations.
A girl child nowhere inferior
To be used as a doormat.
Glass ceilings breaking now.
Sky is the limit.
Let her not face social limitations
Or humiliations,or physical abuses
Teach her to fight back,when abused.
If you have a son,inculcate the correct
Values and teach to respect women.
Stop child labour where girls meet
With more abuses.If necessary
Take recourse to law,with the hope
something would change for the better.
Do not employ them at home.
Treat them as your own.
Educate them and empower them.
Cherish all girl children,not just your own.
Those not just blessed with daughters,
Treat all girl children as daughters
You never had.Those who have them
Remember they are with you for ever
Caring,devoted and affectionate.
Today is World Smile Day.A poem by Shiv K Kumar in Tamil gave me the idea to write these lines.Thank you.
World Smile Day.
This day celebrated as world smile day,
The word bringing a smile to our lips.
A smile is infectious and spreads cheer
Many smiles have won the hearts
Of many all over the world.
They were old but had love
For everyone,irrespective of who they were.
Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Theresa
Are two names that come to my mind.
Now mired in controversies
their names may be,but undeniably
Charming at their times.
Look at a child and look at his smile
Or her smile as the case may be.
Can anything be compared to that?
Innocent with not a care in the world.
A smile of a newly wed,with expectations
In the hearts and love in the eyes.
Old and wrinkled faces,yearning for
Love and attention and the face lit up
When given unconditional love.
Smiles of various types,of a teacher,
Of a parent or a grandparent.
All signifies happiness and cheer.
Why do some keep a wry face?
Smile to your heart’s content.
After all it doesn’t cost you anything.
Neither all your riches or wealth
Can buy you a smile.
Abundant love and care for the fellow
Human can bring a smile to a face.
If you can do it,your life is worth living.
Shiv K Kumar.