Social Justice Poetry

Hearts of Our Times | A Social Justice Poem by Krushna Chandra Mishra

They said in their grandfathers’ days
there were no restrictions on anything
if they wanted to go anywhere
they could go alone and in great
and friendly company of men who were not
crooked or cheats
and thus the trips turned out to be
for enjoyment and health
and happiness that could grow
without bounds with the promise
of increasing health and happiness
on all trips that were set to follow
and they had then the scope for more trips
and still more till the company grew stronger
and life in simple ways drew longer
till they now realise and say
if there would be a way to return
to their grandfathers’ days of a simple life
of health and heart and happiness
when today ways to maximise the same
are more and sure that somehow
we could shun bitter and bad ways of
rotting and foul-smelling hearts
that in crookedness breeds hatred
and jealousy and meanness
making civilisation a thing to
question and discard with ease.

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