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The Unknowns - A Poem


Rinita is a creative writer, with focus on poetry. She delves into several forms including Haiku/Senryu, Sonnets, Free Verse, and Prose.


There aren't enough selfless people in this world, probably, and the ones that are there often get called too soon from up above, doing a selfless deed that no one understands.

This is a tribute to such unsung heroes, without names, unknown to everyone, common folks, but outstandingly moral in their deeds of sacrificing their lives to save other unknown people.

The Poem

The murky water pulled her downwards

She tried her best to swim through the tide

Her hands full, stretched upward, “Oh, look!

There is the missing child”, someone cried

Her feet were groped by monsters unseen

And she drowned, drowned, drowned

They brandished their knives, steely shine

He had but his hands to wage a war

He flew through in rage, the woman ran

He bought her the time to move afar

His palms were no match for the sharp steel

And he bled, bled, bled

She frantically pressed all the buttons

The elevator would not budge even an inch

Opened then the door briefly, the infirm rolled out

It whirled to the abyss, she sank without a flinch

Man-made device turned friend to foe

And she fell, fell, fell

They don’t get medals at the President’s house

They are not headliners of the morning news

They are of no color, creed, nationality

They are not Muslims, Hindus, Catholics, or Jews

They are the ones who lay their lives

Much like the ones that do so at borders

Unsung heroes without a martyr badge

They silently follow their hearts’ orders

Questions & Answers

Question: Where do you get your inspiration?

Answer: In general, I draw my inspiration partly from life experiences and partly from observation. For this particular piece, I went down memory lane when about 15 years ago my city was heavily flooded. In the midst of all the chaos, an average citizen (not of the rescue team) saved many lives but lost his own. It happened not far from my home and the incident had an impact on me. Thank you for your question.

© 2020 Rinita Sen


Rinita Sen (author) on April 06, 2020:

Good to hear from you, Li-Jen. As always your comment has brightened up my poem. Stay well.

Li-Jen Hew on April 04, 2020:

Hi Rinita, I like this poem's subject! I agree with you about the unknown people and how it's humanity that plays a role instead of religion. It's sad to have freak accidents happen to people. We can remember their good deeds like this poem. I like how you repeat the words three times at the end of each stanza, as it increases the intensity of the loss creatively. Thanks for sharing!

Rinita Sen (author) on March 24, 2020:

Thank you and you too.

Laurinzoscott from Kanab, Utah on March 24, 2020:

I pray you have a blessed and most Jouyous day

Rinita Sen (author) on March 24, 2020:

Thank you Laurinz. Happy to be of help.

Laurinzoscott from Kanab, Utah on March 24, 2020:

God Bless you Rinita Sen ..your writings inspires me...

Rinita Sen (author) on March 23, 2020:

Thank you Laurinzoscott. I appreciate your sincere comment. Thanks again for reading.

Laurinzoscott from Kanab, Utah on March 23, 2020:

Wow you yourself are an unsung hero, Rinita Sen; you have the insight and depth of spirit to accomplish great lyrical works ..they may inite instead of divide...nicely done

Rinita Sen (author) on March 18, 2020:

Thank you Rajan. Glad you feel the same way.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 17, 2020:

A fine tribute to these unknown and unsung heroes. Things would be much worse if they weren't around.

Rinita Sen (author) on February 04, 2020:

Thank you, Dora. Your comment is well appreciated.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 03, 2020:

Thanks for recognizing this selfless bunch of heroes. A worthy tribute! Well done.

Rinita Sen (author) on February 03, 2020:

Thank you, Ruby. They do get shadowed more often these days. Appreciate your visit.

Rinita Sen (author) on February 03, 2020:

You're right, Chitrangada. Maybe we can't be like them, or maybe we can, I don't know. But we can surely spread the word and give them due respect. Thanks a lot for visiting.

Rinita Sen (author) on February 03, 2020:

Devika, thanks a lot for your visit and support. Glad you liked the poem.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on January 31, 2020:

This is so timely and beautiful. We rarely hear of the heroic acts common people do everyday. Thank you for sharing.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on January 31, 2020:

Beautiful poem to acknowledge the contributions of the ‘unknown.’ There are so many examples, around us. They do it for their country, for humanity, and just for their own self satisfaction. We must have a feeling of gratitude towards them.

We all can do our little bit.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful poem.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 31, 2020:

Rinita you have written a beautiful poem. This shows us to appreciate the heroes. I loved it!

Rinita Sen (author) on January 31, 2020:

That is a heartfelt comment, manatita. Thank you for visiting today. Nice to see you.

Rinita Sen (author) on January 31, 2020:

Thank you, Linda for reading and commenting. Glad you found it effective.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 30, 2020:

This is a very effective poem. It's a great reminder of unsung heroes. I love the word repetition in the first three verses. It suits your theme very well.

manatita44 from london on January 30, 2020:

Glad that you can cover them ... that you remember. This is like a medal in itself. Heaven will definitely chant their glories

Rinita Sen (author) on January 30, 2020:

Thank you, Pamela for the thoughtful comment. Happy to see you today.

Rinita Sen (author) on January 30, 2020:

Thank you, Verlie. Always great to see you on my page. Glad you liked the imagery and the style.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 30, 2020:

This is a very well-written poem and I like that you celebrate the unsung heros . Well done, Rinita!

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on January 30, 2020:

A song to unsung heroes, Rinita this is awesome. I love your repeating lines, such a powerful device. The imagery is amazing. You take us right inside these life changing moments. Excellent work Poet!

Rinita Sen (author) on January 30, 2020:

I am glad I could convey the message, Ann. Thank you for echoing my thoughts. Glad you thought the construction and the rhythm suited the topic.

Rinita Sen (author) on January 30, 2020:

Thank you, Lorna. Glad you found depth behind my lines. It was what I was hoping for, to write a truthful dedication to those who give.

Rinita Sen (author) on January 30, 2020:

John, thank you. I've been out of sorts lately, so haven't been able to write creatively much. I miss out on reading other Hubbers' works as well. I hope to be more regular with both. Thank you as always for visiting and commenting.

Ann Carr from SW England on January 30, 2020:

This is so well constructed, Rinita, and the rhythm is perfect for your theme.

So many give of themselves to save others, whether in their profession or not and the latter deserve just as much recognition, if not more.

This reaches into our hearts.


Lorna Lamon on January 30, 2020:

A poignant poem full of the true meaning of giving of oneself for others. Very expressive and a heartfelt dedication to all those unsung heroes.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on January 30, 2020:

What a wonderful and deserved poem in dedication to all the unknown heroes. I loved it. Thank you for sharing this Rinita. i have missed reading your work.

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