Will you get a sound sleep at night? by Anushka Pandey

Do you get a sound sleep at night?

When you’re out on a voyage
And you stop at the local dhaba
To replenish your soul with desi food
You see your quintessential chotu
With bruises around his elbow
A sweet smile on his face
You understand the crime being perpetrated
But you choose to stay quiet
When you reach your destination,
Do you get a sound sleep at night?

When the twelve years old maid arrives
Every morning at 6.30 am at your home
With red and black bruises below her eyes
That you choose to ignore
Do you get a sound sleep at night?

When you drop your child to school
And see a child begging for penny at the traffic signal
Knowing that you’re also contributing
In the gap between the rich and the poor
Do you get a sound sleep at night?

If you do happen to get a sound sleep
From next time onwards
When you see a child
Working
Getting punished
Crying
Smiling yet hiding the atrocities being inflicted
Replace the child with your own child or the little ones at your home
And ask your heart
Will you be able to get a sound sleep then?

5 Replies to “Will you get a sound sleep at night? by Anushka Pandey”

  • I just kept the screenshot of this poem becz it is really a very nice and eye-opening poetry. Great job.

  • Poem is heart touching and has given enough thoughts for me to brainstorm and question my contribution, my commitment and my passion! Is it enough! Thank you so much for such a thought provoking poem.

  • This is a piece of writing that can make anyone understand where the educated people go wrong at doing their parts. If we actually understand how we also contribute in child labour, maybe we will stop.

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