A poem written by one of our Felowship applicants, Rianne Gomes. What makes us so indifferent?
I AM INDIFFERENT
By virtue of birth, I was born to be different.
By virtue of choice ,I am indifferent.
In the race against time, I’ve learnt to walk away,
Amidst the crime , I chose to stay away.
When did my ears go deaf, to hear a poor child’s creed.
When did my eyes go blind, to the senile woman’s need.
In the quest of achieving ,I forgot the goal,
Living a moribund life, I forgot my own role.
In the glory of victory , the purpose got defeated.
In claiming my territory , my power simply drifted.
When did buying a ticket , excuse me from thanking the bus driver,
When did I grow ignorant, to acknowledging the farmer, laborer and sweeper ?
There is hunger that lurks at the corner of the street,
But my conscience is oblivious to that fact , when I give a treat.
I could’ve taught a child , what school taught me,
But in the lust of gaining knowledge , I never was free.
Would I ever hold a hand plagued by poverty ?
Or simply let go . disposing alms at charity.
The wrapper that drifts on the cold street, that was to heavy to carry home,
Could’ve been replaced by a torn sheet , I ripped apart to clean my own home.
When did this growing violence inhibit my resilience
In a decibel soaring scene, I chose the path of silence.
I chose to be the harbinger of a revolution.
Yes, I think big, just restricting it to self isolation.
My world and humanity’s is a parallel universe,
Mine is expanding and the other is submerged.
My action is limited to switching the television channel
My knowledge is limited to listening to an esteemed panel.
I write about my mediocrity
But completely blame the government for its hypocrisy
I thought I am different , but it is only because of my indifference
I couldn’t make a real difference.
So Let’s not put the blame on an anonymous name,
I cannot change the world , but let me start with changing myself.
Let’s be the change, to bring the change beginning with a vote
ST.Xavier’s College , Mumbai.