Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Begging for a Seat in School

Dr Abe V Rotor

 A reproduction of an untitled painting by an unknown artist

A disturbing scene to Maslow -
could he have been wrong?
What is self-actualization
to the striving throng?

What's good is the Bastille trilogy -
pillars of modern society:
equality, fraternity,
liberty - sans dignity?

Motherhood words may come easy;
they cannot be mistaken,
for the lips that speak of promise
are easily forgotten.

And the world goes on as it seems;
a beggar boy, its conscience:
lost youth, lost hope, lost future
in the midst of affluence.

The door is jarred to full view
and knocking wouldn't lend an ear;
indifference makes man blind
or takes him to the rear.

He who feels for the needy
with but some coins is a fool,
in a world deaf to a poor boy
begging for a seat in school. ~

NOTE: A student of mine from Iran at the UST Graduate School left this reproduction as a souvenir. The painting was made by an unknown artist, apparently belonging to the post classicism at the dawn of realism. 

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