Child’s Gaze

POETRY FORMAT, 4 Oct 2021

Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service

The child is gazing at us
Looking for help from us

Is he feeling hungry
Does he want some food
Let us offer him a banana
He shakes his head

A toy perhaps or a paintbox
Quite likely,
So he is offered an old toy gun
He again looks at us sadly

What else could be done
Let us try to hold his hand
He offers his hand gladly
And then he clings to me

Why did I not understand
He is lonely, sad, puzzled
Give him a drink, food, toys
But first hold him like your own child
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Dr Ravi P Bhatia is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment, an educationist, Gandhian scholar and peace researcher. Retired professor, Delhi University. His new book, A Garland of Ideas—Gandhian, Religious, Educational, Environmental was published recently in Delhi. ravipbhatia@gmail.com


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