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.



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 

        2 weeks ago

        Thank you, Dora. Your comment is well appreciated.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 weeks ago from The Caribbean

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

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        2 weeks ago

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

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        2 weeks 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 weeks ago

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

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        Ruby Jean Richert 

        2 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

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

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        Rinita Sen 

        2 weeks ago

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

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        Rinita Sen 

        2 weeks ago

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

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        Linda Crampton 

        2 weeks 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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        2 weeks 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 weeks ago

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

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        Rinita Sen 

        2 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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.

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        Rinita Sen 

        2 weeks 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 weeks 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.


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        Lorna Lamon 

        2 weeks 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 weeks 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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