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Remembering Oliver Twist - A Poem

Vanita Thakkar is an Entrepreneur - an Engineer-Researcher-Consultant and an Artist - Singer-Composer-Poetess-Writer from Vadodara, Gujarat.


Oliver Twist is a symbol of waning strength finding its way out to strive, to live on. Any attempt to emerge from such suppressions / compulsions reminds of his attempts to speak up, as one explores the right words / expressions that would create humane, compassionate, joyful and welcoming surroundings to be in ....

Vanita Thakkar (05-03-2021)

Remembering Oliver Twist

Old and bold,

Fit and set,

Fagin lives on

With his whip

Of punishment

Ready to strike


Who asks for more.

The roots of his reign

Stretch deep and wide

Across colonies of

Developed or developing

Civilized Jungles,

Where misused freedom

Tip-ties tongues

And overgrown independence


And thronging webs of

Silence and sins

Flourish and stink ….

And amidst miseries

Of lonely crowds,

Poor Oliver’s

Dumb-found plight

Struggles for strength and might

To speak right for Right.

- Vanita Thakkar.

(05.05.2011, 10/07/2011)

Fagin .... from Oliver Twist (Charles Dickens)

Fagin .... from Oliver Twist (Charles Dickens)

© 2021 Vanita Thakkar


Vanita Thakkar (author) on March 06, 2021:

Thanks, Tuli. Enjoy !!

Tulii Banerjee from Kolkata on March 06, 2021:

Excellent poem Vanita... Inspiring... Thanks for sharing...

Vanita Thakkar (author) on March 06, 2021:

Thanks, Chrish for your visit, lovely comments and wishes. I am glad you could relate so well to the poem.

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on March 06, 2021:

To speak for truth is courage, specially for such injustices. What a great message!

A powerful poem! Loved it.

Have an awesome day!

Vanita Thakkar (author) on March 06, 2021:

Thanks, MG Singhji for your visit and comments. Oliver Twist is indeed a great book.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on March 06, 2021:

Thanks, Gyanendraji for your visit and for your nice comments. I agree with you.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on March 06, 2021:

Thanks, dear Chitrangadaji. I had also read Oliver Twist during school days. And the poem was written more than two decades after I read it. There were some such situations and happenings that reminded me strongly enough of Oliver Twist to have this poem come through ....

MG Singh emge from Singapore on March 06, 2021:

Oliver twist is one of the finest books written by Charles dickens and I first read it almost 2 1/2 decades back. It was wonderful to read your poem.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on March 06, 2021:

Thanks, Linda for coming by and commenting. Much appreciated.

True. The story conveyed some good messages worth remembering.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on March 06, 2021:

Thanks, Brenda. I agree with you.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on March 06, 2021:

Thanks, dear Peggy for your comments, that make me feel blessed. I am happy that you liked it.

gyanendra mocktan from Kathmandu,Nepal on March 05, 2021:

Truth has to be told to overcome the obstacles in life.

Great poem, Thank you.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on March 05, 2021:

Nice poem, with a wonderful message.

I have read Oliver Twist, when I was in school, and also saw the movie. Great reminder of his inspiring story.

Thank you for sharing.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 05, 2021:

You’ve described the sad situation of Oliver Twist very well. It’s a story that we need to remember.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 05, 2021:

I agree with Peggy,

You did a wonderful job depicting this scene.

It may be difficult to face the struggle, but not giving up and finding the inner strength will help.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 05, 2021:

Oliver Twist is a classic tale of good overcoming evil. You did it justice with your poem.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on March 05, 2021:

Thanks, Ann. I agree with you.

Ann Carr from SW England on March 05, 2021:

Yes, we need strength to speak out for our needs and injustices.


Vanita Thakkar (author) on March 05, 2021:

Thanks, Brother Manatita.

manatita44 from london on March 05, 2021:

Interesting character, succinct and beautiful poem

Vanita Thakkar (author) on March 05, 2021:

Thanks, John. Happy that you visited And commented.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on March 05, 2021:

Thanks, Sankhajitji.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on March 05, 2021:

Good work, Vanita. Two of my sons acted in the stage musical of Oliver at school. This brings back memories of the story.

Sankhajit Bhattacharjee from MILWAUKEE on March 05, 2021:

a great composition...

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