Medicine Man or Superman

POETRY FORMAT, 1 Aug 2022

Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service

When a person is ill, he takes medicines (meds)
Even when he is not ill, he keeps these meds near
So he can consume the meds if he falls ill, is his fear
If he is not ill, he wonders why he should store them

Doesn’t he realise that there are millions of poor without meds
Is it too much effort to give these for the hospital beds
Perhaps it is, with too many forms to be filled and red tape
So he keeps piling them, leaving his cupboard in poor shape

His family warns him about this excess
Oh,  you may need them when in distress
Now another argument for him to justify himself
Shift arguments on his family who find them too complex

Naturally, the neighbourhood knows this medicine Man
Compliments and praises this thoughtful Superman
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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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