Last evening at a restaurant,
I was enjoying the food like others,
I was talking to my friends,
Taking their snaps,
When my camera found a new subject;
It was a beggar, a little boy
Leaning over the glass pane,
Staring at a lady having food,
I took some pictures of him
As I knew poverty is photogenic.
But when I viewed the pictures
While zooming them in my SLR,
I was absolutely disturbed,
I discovered hunger in his eyes,
And felt his pain of being deprived.
His gloomy face made me approach him.
I asked, “what would you like to eat?”
Joy replaced the hunger in his eyes.
He replied “I want to have a roll”.
I smiled and bought him a chicken roll.
He grasped it and munched it gladly.
I felt satisfied seeing his smiling lips.
I know it’s a small deed in this huge world,
Probably a tiny drop in an ocean,
But after all the ocean
Would miss one drop
If I didn’t offer it that tiny drop.
(Last four lines inspired by Greg Mortenson)