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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

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