Life Lesson Poem

My name is Nandita Shanbhag. I am a copy writer by profession and a poetess by passion. I love to express my thoughts in verses. If my poem can touch a heart or heal a soul , I feel that I have fulfilled my objective. My dream is to spearhead a movement for the creation of a world where children will be secure and happy and live their lives to the fullest. My parents, my sister and my dear friends always motivate me. I am encouraged at every step by my loving husband. My lovely daughters are my inspiration.

Listen To Your Child's Stories

© Nandita Shailesh Shanbhag
First day Lily arrived late from school
Mom thought she was playing the fool
Angrily, what happened asked she
Lily replied “A monster detained me”
Mom said “That is so absurd!”
There are no monsters in this world

The second day her schoolwork was in a mess
Mom thought that she was being careless
She asked “What were you doing all day?
From the monster, I was trying to hide away
Mom said “This is so absurd!”
There are no monsters in this world

The third day Lily refused to go at all
Mom felt it was just a tantrum small
She threatened her with a beating
Lily replied “The monster may be waiting”
Mom said “This is so absurd!”
There are no monsters in this world

The fourth day, Lily complained of a stomach ache
Mom said please do not fake
She said I am tired of your repeated lies
Lily replied “The monster will make me cry”
Mom said “This is so absurd!”
There are no monsters in this world

The fifth day, Lily fell ill and took to her bed
Mom forced her to go to school instead
She ranted at her, asked her why
The monster will hurt me, I shall surely die
Mom said “This is so absurd!”
There are no monsters in this world

For this little girl, there was no sixth sunrise
For her new teacher was a monster in disguise
He caught her alone and took her life
After torturing her for hours with a knife
Monsters are real, the mom realized too late
If only she could have saved her baby from this fate

So listen to your child’s stories really well
About her little anxieties they may tell
A sordid tale may be hidden in her tears,
Lend a patient ear to her innocent fears.
Pay attention to her words and understand
For her safety and security lie in your hands.

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Published: Jun 2009

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  • I live in Louisiana, about 7 years ago I had new neighbors move next door to me, not knowing the Mother of two girls one 4,the other 12 years old had married a child molester, in which she knew a head of time. The 12 year old came up missing. Needless to say the step-father had killed her. I only wish I could have done something to help her! He is to die my lethal injection on Jan.7 2010

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