WHERE UNEMPLOYMENT … IS MY EMPLOYMENT
All dressed up but nowhere to go,
Well qualified, yet no place to serve,
I too had ambitions galore,
I too had rank and ability to explore,
But for me life has now become a big bore.
For jobs have thinned down and business has run aground,
Where industry and merchants are in a helpless frown,
And that’s what throws the youth into a deadly surround,
In between the mighty jaws of the ever fighting crowns.
Where, unemployment is now all around,
From remote villages to the mighty towns,
Like dust floating in open grounds,
And mind agitating beyond a point.
Where 65% is below 35,
And 1% decides the pie,
Things will never change,
Till India thrives.
Where, Job seekers cry,
Yet rulers are always on a high,
And where mothers weep,
For their children’s throne.
So, where are those promises of yours?
For, there are no jobs?
That makes us sob.
And there is no point in pitching,
One against the other,
To create tremors,
In the already ruffled feathers.
Each morning when I leave my home,
I see a ray of hope,
In my aging souls,
That I’ll return,
With some job in my fold.
But sadly it is the same old story,
As I’ve got no glory,
And I have nothing better to tell my aging souls,
Since life is still the same bloody bore.
And, as they look at me,
I look somewhere else in shame,
Not knowing how to contain,
Both my frustration and my frame.
My mother cajoles,
Don’t worry my son,
When states can’t deploy,
And industries can’t employ.
Treat unemployment alone … as your employment,
For, we all thought good days have come,
But only for someone,
Who is not part of the lower rung.
By Kamlesh Tripathi
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