Picture Impact Challenge June Entries
Winning Entry by Santosh bakaya
The visible joys of the invisible chunks
I sat in my patio, looking at a tiny rag picker
examining a discarded doormat-half hanging from the dumpster,
the letters of Welcome- frayed and disappearing.
Distracted by an intoxicated grasshopper, and a songster in the tree,
amazed by the sight of a frolicking pup and the silken tassels of maize
swaying in a nearby field, he was half-crazed with joy, [Oh boy!].
He scooped up the pup in his skeletal arms, smiling at his friend
flying a kite, cruising the aquamarine sky untethered.Uncaged.
The twosome left behind a happy trail prattling on, battling on.
In the excited throes of their exuberant breathing, I heard
long suppressed sighs of their everyday saga of survival.
The world wondering at their joy, hid its leering question marks
behind masked smiles, slouching; bloodshot eyes intense,
afire with a predatory insanity, itching to make them more invisible.
Entry by Jaya Pillai
The Other Life
He had a little more than I had :
He had a life unfettered by dreams,
Spent in a wayside shack
That swayed on stormy nights.
His was a life full of days that weren’t
Charted out on a blue print like mine.
And so he flew kites with his friends
While I walked down the well worn path
To make dreams come true.
He picked up stray dogs
That followed him home on winter nights.
He had a little more than I had :
He had a twinkle in his eyes.
Perhaps, one day, we should exchange notes :
I give him a bit of my life and he gives me a bit of his.
Entry by Snigdha Agrawal
I am troubled immeasurably
By your sad, pleading eyes
Your caved in tummy
Your coat wet with sewage dirt
Your orphaned status
You came with your designs of beauty
Stray Pup, born on the streets
Few will notice, few will adopt
Groom you, as they would groom
highly paid breeds; prefer to own
Like you orphaned, nowhere to go
Under the flyover, will make our home
Break bread together, comfort each other
As spring turns to autumn, then to winter
Inseparable; both God’s creatures.
Entry by MANVI ARORA
ANIMAL IN THE BOAT
I saw this picture not once but twice
So for these rich brats I came up with an advice ,
The way this brown boy helps the pup to heal
Is the same emotion these city people failed to feel,
I might be wrong
But these animals no sooner get along
As they fear from your intention
Cause they don’t whine for false attention
If #animal lover makes you feel cool
No offence you may consider yourself a fool
As they don’t beg for your love
That small pat on their back is more than enough
They are so placid and self contain’d
Not like us who have standards to maintain
So don’t give your love to them occasionally
These creatures are meant to be adored unconditionallyJ
Entry by Tejaswini Roy
Entry for Picture Prompt poetry Challenge July 2020.
A paper picker that I am,
I capture every little scrap paper
for that is my bread and water.
Rambling amidst, the blue and white collars
Ambling along, the Heavenly damsels in pointed heels
I went unnoticed all the same, none alike.
With my barren feet grounded on the muddy roads
I fly colorful kites high up in the clouds,
just like my spirits, Soaring to reach the sputnik stars
Am on vibrant paper flights, to kiss the skies.
A street Child that I am,
Sprinting and screaming on the ocean’s shores
Grinning at the emerging rats’ race, and
Leaving behind the world’s disgrace
I take my gleeful embrace
In my puppy’s only humane brace
As for her, she is my god’s coup de grace.
Entry by Pratyay Das Sarma
Little things mattered, when we were young and poor
Extravagance didn’t entice us, we were dumb but we were pure.
Time was still a friend, we had dusk till dawn to play
Fresh rain brought us joy as we rolled in mud and made castles of clay.
Stray dogs were our play mates, we didn’t check for their breed
Perhaps our boundaries were small, yet our little hearts were big.
Now little things are long forgotten, we now desire materialistic glory..
When did rain become a nuisance?
All fairytales became mere stories.
Entry by Meryl Jacob Rock.
The Cadet And The Mongrel
A small thorp located on the Ghats of the Himalayas wasn’t a capital or a town,
Agatedcommunity with ledges and fresh water wells and a cattle bawn.
The crisp morning sun peeped through the horizon and dawned on the blossomed evergreen trees,
The wild boars wiggled in wet mud while the cuckoos made love to the whistling breeze.
This is a concise fable of a bubbly village ladwith crooked teeth and greasy hair,
A farmer’s son who frolicked around chasing the pullets while he got constant stares.
An old rugged canoe cankered away in thegrubby muck stood ghosted by the pond,
An interesting nook to play in and a heap of friends where he didn’t feel belonged.
One morning as the boy sat by the boat wondering and fidgeting with a pebble in the bask,
He heard a soft whimperwhile a tiny face peeked throughthe ruptured wood camouflaginglike a mask.
With no hesitance, the chapleaned down and caressed the little whelp withhispetite and pockmarked hands,
The pup goggled at the boy with adorable eyes and cuddly paws as he stood there in a weather so bland.
It was love at first glance, and this furball was his to keep, from then on they caperedinseparably andthe marshy land wasn’t a bore,
Everymorning started with a woof and endless licks, and finally they had found a friend in each other they didn’t ask for.
Hence, this bonny picture prompts true friendship behind another.
Entry by Sweta Papaiyawala
Love me or Hate me
Love me, hate me or test me,
God, still, I am going to be cheery
Being born on this sphere is a boon
I will make sure to enjoy it back to the moon
I don’t care what others think,
cause I know you exist even in the tweak
Love is what I want to spread,
To every being I am aware
Living in a slum or a palace
No one is going to be spared at the end
Meanwhile, let me enjoy this life
with full enthusiasm and delight
I will not give up because I know
I am not a loser for sure!
Don’t crib, don’t grimace, just turn, look around
It’s always somewhere close, waiting to be found
Entry by Priyanka Godse
Sharing with you
an indivisible bond
Let’s live a relation
leading us to get overfond.
Abandoned by our progenitors
we yearn for a bread
Let’s give each other
a connection, a thread.
You are to me
more than a pup
Let’s run to cuddle
and I’ll catch you up.
My soul, my companion
for my entire life
Let’s grow with each other
with a reason to strive.
Entry by Charulata Panigrahi
Coming from far off with their parents.
They are the children of migrant labourers.
Their parent’s jobs are no more, the pandemic’s curse.
But how do they care?
On foot with hunger and thirst
They are playing all along .
No worries and no tension.
Blessed always is the childhood
The golden period.
We adults have lost it
That’s why we suffer.
Children play with whatever they get.
The dog the cat all are their playmates.
Simple they are
No complication in mind.
They make friends with everyone in sight.
Let’s be simple as they are.
Miseries will fade
And appiness everywhere.
How much we miss the bliss of hugging a dog and give it a kiss.
Entry by Natasha Sequeira
Happiness is ..
‘Does this lad have a face mask on?
Social distancing? Oh do cover that yawn!’
He sells flowers to make a living.
Covid-19 brought hunger, fear, longing.
Who will feed this boy and his widowed mom?
‘Lockdown? What of it?’, he says with a frown.
Beaten, broken, not a rupee on him
A yowling puppy, he found in a bin.
Those deep brown eyes looked into
The lad’s tired black pools.
A smile began forming in the corners,
he knew. His hard days might be lightened,
With his new friend in tow.
A little bit of happiness
The Almighty had bestowed!
Entry by Vasudha Pansare
These children should be in school,
And not work as ragpickers,
Or selling things at traffic lights,
In the hot sun.
Street children should get a roof
Over their heads,
And enough food and clothes,
It’s the responsibility of
To take care of these homeless urchins,
They are the future of
They should be provided for
Only then will the country progress,
Only then will the nation become strong.
Entry by Sonali Chanda
The dead eyes,stared at me,still…
Those are stagnant,
still and cold enough,
Once, I saw their Iris, dancing,
Like the fireflies
dance in the dark..!
It was my prohibited approach,
Towards those deep dark fireflies eyes,
Alluring they were,
attracted me several times,
If you’d notice keenly,
you’d born again to die for them,
Now they’re stagnant,
as if watching still, towards me, in the mortuary,
still, attracting me, though!
My longing for them, still is alive,
Still it hasn’t diminished,
Now, speaking with them,whispering,
An amazing confidence,
lifting its brows, deep ,black!
A surreal moment, bizarre I’m,
Looking intensely, as if they want to yearn…
Those deep, passionate stagnant eyes!
Entry by Pragun
We are both in this together
Let’s walk this path holding hands
From being homeless to be with you
The touch of hands when you took me through
The homeless to security
The warmth and kindness
With plates hungry and empty
Which we filled with love and empathy
No boundaries no colour
No caste no religion
Love and compassion
Let’s fly those kites
Let’s run in the grounds
Let’s just laugh out loud
And live this uncomplex life