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Mainstream, VOL LVIII No 28, New Delhi, June 27, 2020

Lamps in the Dark - A poem | AK Das

Friday 26 June 2020

An octogenarian,
clad in his coolie’s uniform,
working at the railway station,
carries luggage
of the poor migrants
over his aging shoulder
free of cost.
An elderly woman,
not charging extra money,
prepares food packets
with shaky hands,
sitting, bending
in her small kitchen
for the distressed migrants.
A school going girl,
feeling an urge from within
to return what
society has given her,
pays from her piggy bank
the home-bound airfare
of a few stranded migrants.
These are no photo-ops,
posed, clicked
in full public gaze!
They are ordinary mortals
reaching out with compassion,
lighting lamps in the dark
of human miseries.

— A.K. Das, June 21, 2020

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