एक अकिंचन मन / An Indigent Soul

अपने जीवन- सरोवर में
हाथ पांव चलाते हुए
तैरने की कोशिश करता हुआ
एक अकिंचन मन
एक अनबुझ पहेली में
विलीन होने से डरता हुआ
करता है इंतजार सधे हुए कदमों से
एक किरण का जो रोशनी दे उसे…

वही किरणें बन जाती हैं किंतु
संघर्षों की धूप उसे झुलसाने किए
उसका अल्हड़पन छीनने के लिए
थकते पांव के फफोले की पीड़ा
पुकारती है उसे उस गली में
जहां संवेदनाएं राख हो जाती हैं
पर वहीं से शुरू होती है उसकी यात्रा
इस जमाने से दो-दो हाथ करने की,
कभी हार न मानने की…

अब वह बच्चा नहीं,
सीधे बन जाता है एक अथक वयस्क
अपनी तमाम खूबियों और कमियों के साथ
कुछ सुसुप्त, कुछ स्फूर्त
आशा और विश्वास के साथ…

梁 梁 梁 梁 梁 梁 梁 梁 梁

A little indigent soul
trying to swim
with his little hands and feet
in the lake of his life
attempting a truce
with the intractable situation
before taking a plunge
waits for a glimmer of hope…

but he gets the heat of scuffle
that scorches him
and snatches his innocence
the wilderness of the blister pain
of his weary feet
beckon him to the street
where all the feelings
get reduced to ashes,
from there his journey starts
to take on the world
in his own enduring ways
never to give up…

he’s no longer a child
becomes straight
an indefatigable adult
with all his qualities and deficiencies
with some dormant and some lively, 
hopes and beliefs…

Let a child be a child
let a child live its childhood
to the fullest
out of this worldliness…
let us not snatch his childhood
love, affection, trust and innocence
if we wish to get back
the same manifold
in multiple ways
as the child grows and works
with the same feelings
for the rest of life…

–Kaushal Kishore

images: pexels


  1. बचपन तो बस अब रह गया कागज के पन्नो में
    जीवन से भरा बचपन , मुस्कुरा ही कहाँ पाता है
    जिंदगी के थपेड़ों से उम्र से पहले जवां जो जाता है
    Sir this is a bitter realty 💐💐💐👌

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  2. बहुत प्रेरणादायी कविता 👌🌷एक दरिद्र बच्चा कितनी कठिन परिस्थितियों के साथ बड़ा होना ,
    बहुत दर्द की बात है , ये इस कविता स्पष्ट की है 👌🌷🙏बधाइयाँ 👏🌷

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    1. हां, मैं ने ऐसे बचपन को करीब से देखा है। इसलिए कभी कभी लिख देता हूं। आपके विचारों के लिए बहुत बहुत धन्यवाद 🙏💐🌷

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    1. I agree with you, Joanna, but my concern is to take care of the things that are under my control, within my reach. Thank you so much!


    1. You are right, keeping children insulated from the world is not a solution. What I feel, Cheryl is that a very regimented life scuffles the personality of a child. The natural growth gets stunted. Thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts 🙏💐

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    1. Thank you, Cheryl. Your concern is justified. This is another extreme. But older children can’t come to the rescue of younger ones, as they start helping parents earn money for livelihood. During lockdown, I had taken a few online sessions for 7th class of a government school as guest, and I came to know that around 15 out of 48 were engaged somewhere else with or without parents.

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      1. Thank you, KK, for your kind responses. As a teacher in inner-city schools, I learned some very sad stories. Life can be very hard.

        Child labor laws are very strict here, and children may not officially work until about 16 without a work permit. Many states have mandatory school attendance until age 17 or high school graduation. Your experience as a guest teacher must have affected you deeply.

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      2. Yes, Cheryl, I was disappointed that only 40 to 50% students were attending. Those who needed most were absenting themselves, as earning was more important than learning, particularly when they didn’t have even mobile and internet. My heart goes out to them.
        But I’m happy that there child labour laws are strictly enforced, but here people dodge the inspectors in more ways than one. Thank you for sharing your experiences!!

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