The Ragpicker

With each new day I start once more the salty sea air my perfume my riches strewn on the shore Your waste is my treasure your thrash brings me pleasure You use and throw my mountain of joy grows Crumpled candy wrappers like diamonds they shine the candy, your child’s reward the wrapper, mine A broken pen I use to write letters never known A string of beads I carefully put away something to call my own The sun shining down on me as I go through the day wading through the debris of your discard I make my way Picking and choosing what I deem fit Weighing, measuring, what I’ll get for it This is my kingdom I am the queen this is where I reign Unknown. Unseen

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  1. That line about candy wrappers went straight to my heart. Innumerable kids living this life today. Your style of writing and expression is so casual that it makes the truth hard hitting. I loved this write.

  2. Very interesting. So beautifully written, Mayuri. A ragpicker’s tale you brought out poignantly.

  3. With the change in your site, I See a very positive change in your writing too. Nice work, Mayuri!

  4. You have brought out the difference in two realities so subtly and so well Mayuri. Beautiful poem.

  5. this is soooo beautiful! heart touching, the thoughts of the ragpicker… we never do think of things from the other side, but you’ve said it so beautifully.

  6. Wow Mayuri. Beautifully penned down..short and sweet!

  7. Heart touching — it’s making me a little sad that even when we don’t think we maybe selfish in few ways:-(

  8. This is beautiful, Mayuri! The stark reality of the two worlds is brought out really well.

  9. Love the words that you use and it’s a post that must be shared with the world. Powerful.

  10. Mayuri ypu cam tug at heartstrings with words. I font like seeing this reality too often.So sad.Such little we do .Maybe education can help

  11. A touching poem. Nice play of words here, Mayuri!

  12. very beautifully weaved by you

  13. loved the word play to depict the emotions of a ragpicker- really beautiful Mayuri – kudos

  14. Wow this is out of the world . touches your soul

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