I am one among those,

who survived on the roadside

With scanty rain water and scanty waste water

I grew slow with not enough food

feeble body I had and feeble limbs too

At times broken by skidding vehicle

At times broken by playing slum kids

I dared these challenges

Grew so green and grew in stature

With sprawling limbs and big crown

A feeble kid before, sheltering feeble people now

Me, a shelter to birds, shelter to mankind

My pride grew with strength

Just as every day

I opened my arms to cuddle my people

unaware of my killers

They cut my limbs, cut my trunk

Being dumb, I couldn’t seek help

So was left to bleed

Just like a woman.

( The writer’s email:

anithaveldurai

@gmail.com )

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