Fragile Lives


They came into the world
One after the other
Two wriggling red babies
A sister and brother

Life was never easy
With the parents they had
Always quick to anger
If they did something bad

When one soiled her diaper
At the age of four weeks
Her mum left her in them
And slapped her chubby cheeks

The boy wailed for his food
Creating a racket
His dad couldn’t stand the noise
Smothered him with a jacket

By six months they’d been bruised
With punches, kicks and bites
Mum and dad practised skills
On these two tiny mites

The little tots soon learnt
To survive they comply
And even when they hurt
Their eyes were always dry

When mum and dad were out
They stole some food and drink
They lived in great squalor
And their home used to stink

One winter the parents left
For weeks at a time
That’s when the neighbours saw
The windows thick with grime

On entering the house
The cops were truly shocked
To see the dead siblings
With arms interlocked

Their fragile lives ended
So did all their pain
Returned to a happy place
Ne’er to be hurt again

(c) Sanch V @ Sanch Writes (3 August 2016)


Written for Day Three of the BarAThon Challenge hosted by Blog-a-rhythm 

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  • Beat About the Book
    3 August 2016 at 4:41 pm

    This was heartbreaking. Can parents really be so cruel to their children? It is a blessing to have kids, twins, even more so and to squander it away is really deplorable. This one touched me Sanch.
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  • upasna
    3 August 2016 at 5:08 pm

    OMG Sanch…. You left me in tears. I am glad they are no more to bear the torture. They are demons, cannot call them Parents. Parents are god-like.
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  • Eloquent Mind
    3 August 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Sad and heart-wrenching ! Why do such parents exist in this world who can’t take good care of their little ones ? 🙁
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  • Nabanita Dhar
    3 August 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Heartbreaking! Sad thing is that these things do happen. Sigh!

  • Mithila Menezes @fabulus1710
    3 August 2016 at 9:00 pm

    There may have been so many reasons why the parents couldn’t care for their children. But neglecting them is not a solution. At least hand over the children to someone else who would care for them! Why torture the kids and let them die a meaningless death?

    Really horrific. I hope and pray that these things cease in the world.
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  • Cookiecrumbsinc
    3 August 2016 at 9:41 pm

    What! No Sanch, no :'(

  • Cathy Graham
    3 August 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Devastating and heartbreaking. I can’t believe there are such cruel and heartless parents like this in the world and yet, I know there are probably more than we can imagine.

    Poor little twins. Sad. So sad. Sniff. Well written poem, even if it is a heartbreaking topic that has definitely touched a nerve by the look of the other comments.

  • Saumy Nagayach
    3 August 2016 at 10:04 pm

    Heartbreaking! How can anyone be so cruel? Still in shock.. :/ Btw I liked the poem!

  • Mayuri
    3 August 2016 at 10:37 pm

    This made me cry, Sanch. More so because I have twin nieces 🙁
    Brilliantly written and super take on the prompt!

  • Aditi
    3 August 2016 at 10:37 pm

    This was heartbreaking! Will need time to get over this 🙁
    Beautiful write, I could picture everything and that did no good sadly 🙁
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  • Sunila Vig
    3 August 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Sanch, I cant stop crying for the lil ones.
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  • Subha Rajagopal
    3 August 2016 at 11:28 pm

    Made me shudder!What a tragedy!

  • Ramya
    3 August 2016 at 11:42 pm

    Oh God.. i can’t imagine these kind of parents Sanch. Is it inspired by something happened in real?

  • Vidya Sury
    3 August 2016 at 11:44 pm

    How terrible. I once read a book where the early life of the antagonist was similar. His dad would chain him to his bed and go on business tours without leaving him food or water.

    But to read this happening to babies… even if it is fiction is just heartbreaking.
    P.S.: Your blog logo/badge is beautiful.
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  • Parul Thakur
    4 August 2016 at 3:11 am

    Heart-breaking and so sad. I wish that’s never true for any baby. .

  • Simon Falk
    4 August 2016 at 11:07 pm

    So, so sad and yet so powerfully poignant as a poem.