‘O golden child the world will kill and eat.’
Dark as it may seem, do not let it defeat
The purpose you’re there to meet
The scars on your back and the blisters on your feet
A small price we must pay for an ending so sweet
O golden child it’s a hungry world out there
It knows only to take but do not let it tear
Or taint your simple soul. Beware!
The bright lights and the smiling faces are a snare
The cross you carry is hard to bear
O golden child the world will snatch and forget
It’s a mercenary; do not let-
Your heart so pure, drown in regret
The hurt in your eyes and the brokenness I met
A price I pay for mistakes I must not forget
O golden child this world is not your place
You’re not one of them, though you have their face
Your spirit’s untouched, there is not a trace
Of their wickedness, their greed, their fall from grace
They must pay the price- the entire human race
O golden child forgive me if you can
For the pain you suffer at the hands of Man
NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:
I used the first line from Sylvia Plath’s ‘Mary’s Song’ – ‘O golden child the world will kill and eat’.
This poem is for all the children that live in hunger, poverty, in war-torn zones. It’s for the children that our system hasn’t been able to save.
Smitha Vishwanath is a banker turned writer. She began her writing journey in 2016 through her blog. Thieving Magpies, Spillwords Press, Silverbirch Press, Borderless Journal, and Rebelle Society have published her poetry. In 2019, her poem, 'Omid' was nominated for Best of the Net and her poems, 'Do you have dreams?' and 'Forgotten' were given special mention in NaPoWriMo, 2021 and 2022, hosted by Maureen Thomson. In addition, she was awarded the Reuel International Prize for poetry by the online group TSL. In 2019, she co-authored a book of poetry, 'Roads- A journey with Verses', which received positive reviews. Smitha's writing is peppered with the lessons learned from the plethora of invaluable experiences that come from having lived in India, UAE and Iran, worked in a multi-cultural environment and travelled widely. She resides in Dhaka, Bangladesh, with her husband and two daughters. When she is not writing, you can find her painting, travelling, or sharing reviews of books she has read on Goodreads, Amazon, and her blog. Her debut novel 'Coming Home' was released on 24th March 2023 and is currently available through Amazon on Kindle and as paperback, in most countries.