Unequal Destinies

Updated on January 13, 2020

Rice and potatoes every night

Wining about finances and its fright

Classy apparels swim about

As the poor man sits with a sad little pout.

Counting coins and coal for fire

It's the end of the month, situation dire

Note the dark route from hand to mouth

Aptitudes and happy rhymes go south.

Then comes a day of extreme plight

Of thin threads and scanty clothes held tight

Leisure days for some who like to splurge

Brown twisted face of a struggling urge.

Rainbows with just a single colour

Cries out loud with a morose pallor

A violent desire to end principles

The idea becomes sanguine and simple.

Out come the weapons and intent

A man made of pathos and discontent

Just one step out of good and right

A stab and a steal to end his might.

Guess who is to blame for such distress

Is it the world or a perp in stress?

Divisions so wide you can hardly see its ends

A notion of moderation is far from the mend.

Questions & Answers

    © 2020 Tiyasha Maitra


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      • Cattaleya profile imageAUTHOR

        Tiyasha Maitra 

        12 days ago from Gurgaon

        I will definitely check it out. Thanks so much.

      • manatita44 profile image


        13 days ago from london

        It may or should be on Amazon. I have not checked. She is a beautiful writer. The first two chapters seem a little slow as she is talking about home and family. When it picks up, it doesn't stop moving. A brilliant book and the writing is exquisite.

      • Cattaleya profile imageAUTHOR

        Tiyasha Maitra 

        13 days ago from Gurgaon

        I'll try and get hold of the book. She sounds so inspiring. Thanks, I'll find a copy.

      • manatita44 profile image


        13 days ago from london

        Why don't you go? I'm almost finished reading Radika Lee's book called Rainbows in my Clouds. She went through great adversity but succeeded in creating schools in Kenya. Radhika is the Director of NIS (Nairobi International School), one of the more pioneering schools in Kenya. She went at 24, I believe and hails from Kerala.

        I met Radhika in November '19 in Nairobi. She gave me the signed copy as I visited the school with a group of seven in the cause of service to God in man.

      • Cattaleya profile imageAUTHOR

        Tiyasha Maitra 

        13 days ago from Gurgaon

        Thanks for sharing your experience in Kenya. I would love to have such experiences. It's true that we should always find the source. A spiritual elevation certainly helps in more ways than one. It brings peace, realisation and clarity about the philosophy of life.

        Always enjoy your comments. Take care my friend

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        13 days ago from london

        Interesting poem and the question you pose is a tricky one. Vivekananda came and served well. His clarion call of: Arise! Awake! Most certainly helped the country and in turn some slumbering souls. His Gurubhai, Shivananda, used to say to Philanthropists, that we have to go to the Source first. Same as Vivekananda really.

        I went to Kenya 2018 and lived there for three months, giving many Seminars and workshops on the spiritual life. However, when I visited the street kids in the slum areas, I felt the need to tell stories … to identify, to become one of them. This way it was easier for them to understand. They smiled easier with their cups of tea, fresh bath and new clothing.

        It is a huge struggle life, but then I am influenced by Spirituality which led me in that direction. The old saying that only God can help, seems very real to me, but She works a lot with humans. Om Shanti!

        P.S. I do appreciate your sense of justice and injustice. It is an admirable trait.

      • Cattaleya profile imageAUTHOR

        Tiyasha Maitra 

        2 weeks ago from Gurgaon

        You are right Brenda. Nothing can justify violence. But if the distribution was more amiable to both the rich and poor, the problem could perhaps be controlled to some extent.

        I agree that an understanding must be reached and some degree of sensitivity from the richer section could go a long way.

        Thanks for reading. Take care.

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        2 weeks ago from Washington Court House


        This is a delicate problem which most sweep under the rug.

        Thanks for bringing it to the surface.

        Although the poor do get poorer there should be no violence involved...there is always another way.

        There is no quick answer..between the rich and the poor. Maybe some simple understanding of one another would be a start...but neither side will truly listen.

      • Cattaleya profile imageAUTHOR

        Tiyasha Maitra 

        2 weeks ago from Gurgaon

        Yes Jodah, i too think Lorna's comment addressed the issue very well.

        It's sad to see such vast differences and even sadder is the fact that many a times dishonesty wins. It's a harsh and insensitive world. My heart cries for a complete reformation.

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        John Hansen 

        2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Tiyasha, your wonderful poem asks some important and hard-hitting questions. Who is really responsible for the plight of someone in such a desperate state of poverty that they need to resort to violence and theft to survive? I agree with Lorna's comment.

      • Cattaleya profile imageAUTHOR

        Tiyasha Maitra 

        2 weeks ago from Gurgaon

        Thanks Lorna and Liz. It's so true Lorna that if only the rich agreed to shell out just a small part of their wealth a lot of change could be brought in. But instead they would rather buy four cars in one household and add to pollution.

        Liz, I am glad you feel that I have been able to do justice to the poem.

        Just hope more and more people start taking the issue seriously.

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        Liz Westwood 

        2 weeks ago from UK

        This is a challenging and thought-provoking poem. You have done well in portraying such a difficult issue in this poem.

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        Lorna Lamon 

        2 weeks ago

        Your poem sums up the reality of how unfair this world can be for those who do not have enough. The richest in this world could wipe out famine, poverty, and climate change and they still would have more than enough to live on. Unfortunately greed is at the center of their universe and sadly those motivated by greed are also blind to the plight and suffering of others. An excellent poem Tiyasha.

      • Cattaleya profile imageAUTHOR

        Tiyasha Maitra 

        2 weeks ago from Gurgaon

        Thanks for reading Lora. The disparity in wealth leaves gaping holes in the society. I feel so disgusted when stinking rich people spend crores on their daughters' weddings and do nothing to improve the poverty stricken condition of the country.

        Human beings need to grow and take responsibility.

        Hope you are doing well. Take care

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        Lora Hollings 

        2 weeks ago

        A compelling poem that captures the stark disparities between social classes and asks what is the real cause? It certainly confronts us with a reality that many times we don't want to face as it asks us what can we do to help people who go hungry so often and what are the consequences of abject poverty and those who don't have the resources to help themselves. I think we need to reach out to them in our communities, giving them faith in a better tomorrow, in ministering to their spiritual needs and making them realize that their lives have value. Giving them meaningful work and respect. An excellent poem that makes us reflect on our obligation to help others in need and not just look the other way!

      • Cattaleya profile imageAUTHOR

        Tiyasha Maitra 

        2 weeks ago from Gurgaon

        Thanks for reading Shing.

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        Shing Araya 

        2 weeks ago from Cebu, Philippines

        Hard to live, but it's okay. Gotta keep breathin', anyway, nice one.


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