Monday, April 17, 2006

The children with no shoes

The red flowers on the road side
Used to walk with me to school
The little boys with blue shoes
Chuckled all the way with me

It was a twenty minute walk
But I always took some more
Looking at the roadside houses
Of clay and the children around

They could not go to school
For they had no blue shoes
That's what mommy used to say
No shoes meant no school

Now I drive my way to work
I still see the clay houses
And the children with no shoes
With an unwanted look in their eyes.

They never grew up it seems
I did to find the truth
It was not the shoes but us
Who gave them nothing but empty stares...

- Anubhav

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