The Unknowns - A Poem

Updated on January 30, 2020
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Rinita is a creative writer, with focus on poetry. She delves into several forms including Haiku/Senryu, Sonnets, Free Verse, and Prose.

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Background

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

© 2020 Rinita Sen

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    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      8 hours ago

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

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      2 days ago

      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!

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      13 days ago

      Thank you and you too.

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      Laurinzoscott 

      13 days ago from Kanab, Utah

      I pray you have a blessed and most Jouyous day

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      13 days ago

      Thank you Laurinz. Happy to be of help.

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      Laurinzoscott 

      13 days ago from Kanab, Utah

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

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      13 days ago

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

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      Laurinzoscott 

      13 days ago from Kanab, Utah

      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

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      2 weeks ago

      Thank you Rajan. Glad you feel the same way.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      2 weeks ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

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

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      2 months ago

      Thank you, Dora. Your comment is well appreciated.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 months ago from The Caribbean

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

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      2 months ago

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

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      2 months ago

      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.

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      Rinita Sen 

      2 months ago

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

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 months ago from New Delhi, India

      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.

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      Devika Primić 

      2 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

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

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      2 months ago

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

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      2 months ago

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

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      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.

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      manatita44 

      2 months ago from london

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

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      2 months ago

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

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      2 months ago

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

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 months ago from Sunny Florida

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

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      2 months ago from Canada

      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!

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      2 months ago

      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.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      2 months ago

      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.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      2 months ago

      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.

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      Ann Carr 

      2 months ago from SW England

      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.

      Ann

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      Lorna Lamon 

      2 months ago

      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.

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      John Hansen 

      2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      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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