Ragpickers

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Entire lives spent sifting through garbage, looking for a treasure. A ragpicker's life is explored in verse.

Our faces, smudged with charcoal
our clothes – saggy and torn
our days lost amidst a heap of garbage

Searching for nirvana
in discarded tin cans
nearby a stinking slum –

Our home
waiting to be bulldozed
into a ten lane highway.

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Madras Courier originally ran as a broadsheet with a poetry section. It was a time when readers felt comfortable sharing glimpses of their lives through verse. If you too have a poem you’d like to submit, do mail us at editor@madrascourier.com.

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