For a Bright New Dawn

For a Bright New Dawn

At the crossroads I stood,

looking at the world around.

To the right were the lush green fields,

fenced with wooden sticks and thick barbed wire;

Men and women were working hard,

reaping the harvest of their labour.

They put the yield in numerous bags,

and carried them on their half bent backs.

I followed them, with intent,

till they put the grains in their landlords tent.

I walked back,

to find myself again at the crossroads.

Then to the left, I saw,

few men and women with a sickle and a plough.

They were working hard too,

tilling the dry red soil,

and removing the trenches of stone.

The land was barren, large, and open.

Perplexed I was, as I walked up to them.

I didn’t know why I went to those dry lands-

was it to help them or to sympathize with them?

Sunddenly, a man came to me and said,

“We’re struggling my son, to cultivate this barren land,

to make it green, and share the yield.”

I stood there for a while, with thoughts wandering-

Which way do I go?

To the left or to the right?

What do I do?

Waste my labour to feed my landlord, or use the same to share with people?

It was night, and I still stood there-

thinking about what’s right (to be done)

and what’s left (to be done).

Finally decided, I joined the struggle-

to make the arid arable.

To create an open land with no fences thereon,

I decided to work there all night to see a bright new dawn.

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10 thoughts on “For a Bright New Dawn

  1. Sarath says:

    “Finally decided, I joined the struggle to make the arid arable.” Liked this!

  2. chaitanyavedula says:

    Excellent 1 Ash… There are two wonderful things to note in this poem..
    1. We need to work hard for the world around us to look beautiful…( like the green fields which have orginated from the barren lands).
    2.The words in the poem “What do I do?Waste my labour to feed my landlord, or use the same to share with people?” and the decision made by the boy to work hard and share the fruit of hardwork with the people is defining part of the poem…
    ” Afterall its the attitude that defines a person”.

  3. Excellent 1 Ash… There are two wonderful things to note in this poem..
    1. We need to work hard for the world around us to look beautiful…( like the green fields which have orginated from the barren lands).
    2.The words in the poem “What do I do?Waste my labour to feed my landlord, or use the same to share with people?” and the decision made by the boy to work hard and share the fruit of hardwork with the people is defining part of the poem…
    ” Afterall its the attitude that defines a person”.

  4. kiran says:

    Nice work ashish keep it up.

  5. Ram says:

    You did an amazing job. The crux of socialism and welfare state were reflected in the poem. I liked it very much.

  6. Srideep says:

    nice one bro,, keep working on it

  7. very nice ashish…. hardwork pays

  8. nikitha says:

    gr8 ashish…. !!!

  9. Kalyan Ram says:

    I think the poem speaks a lot about your thoughts on the present day society, ‘the social divide’. I saw it in the newspaper today and indeed it is really disheartening to see that India witnessed more than a million farmer suicides in the last two decades. And all this has happened during the same period where everybody talks about ‘India shining’ and becoming a global economic power. And thus there is a necessity in these circumstances that we, the present generation give a serious thought about some of these issues and spread awareness regarding it.

    In this context i must congratulate you for putting your effort to write a poem about such an issue. And i think the poem also reflects the way you want the society to be and the way you want to lead your life. Nice thoughts and i liked it very much 🙂

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