My heart aches to see

My heart aches to see
People questioning humanity
How to define it clearly,
It is you and it is me.
Stop once and contemplate
How God decides our fate
Today it is them, tomorrow might be you
So, what is torn let us sew.
Come forward and take a step
For those who are crying for help
Have the heart that initiate
Instead of blaming and cursing the fate!
My heart aches to see
People questioning humanity
How to define it unfailingly?
It is them and it is thee.
In times of human misery
If you are soaked in luxury
Seeing the death and destruction
If your heart is devoid of emotion.
Even at times of such calamity
If nothing ignited your humanity.
I feel sorry for you my friend
That you don’t have a helping hand.

25th of April, 2015 is an unforgettable date for many. A massive earthquake disrupted life in Nepal and destroyed a million homes. It’s listed as one of a the 10 most deadliest earthquake that shook the earth. I had a friend in my class, who was from Nepal. I remember how miserable she was the next day in college. She was sad at the news of the calamity. We all were. For the first time in life, I saw someone in the pain of seeing one’s hometown in rubble.

Sitting on the staircase just outside our classroom, we brainstormed ways to help Nepal and the people who were deeply affected. Amidst the discussions, one of my classmate asked, “Why should we help? Let the government do their job. We have our exams to study for.” I was shocked to hear this question. I opened my mouth to give him a fitting reply, but no words came out. It haunted me for days.

Finally, I wrote this poem as an answer. I wrote it in the metro on my way to the Nepal Embassy, where me and many of my friends volunteered for the cause.

Stubbornly optimistic, a listener of the universe and follower of my dreams. Coffee, smell of new books, long walks, old melodies, good sense of humour, and poetry light me up. I want to be happy when I grow up.

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