Tragedy of Human Existence

man on stairs

 

This man who lies

Here today

On the staircase,

His face

covered, half dead, half alive,

A victim of years

Of abuse,

Neglect and addiction to drugs,

Temporarily unburdened of pain,

Why is he here?

Why isn’t he where he ought to be,

With his family,

On a bed, under a roof ?

I asked myself these questions today,

As if I, a helpless

victim of circumstances herself,

Had the answers to them,

Or the power to change things.

—Jasbir Chatterjee

20 August 2016

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