The Reason Behind

They say- "When it gets tough,
the tough gets going".
Yes! the hunger, thirst and poverty were tough on us,
and we tried to be tougher.
This time, it was not a nuclear war,
neither an armed rebellion.
This time, it was a microscopic organism.
Poverty had been an old friend,
but this time, it was dearest.
Went to school in hope of mid-day meal,
today left with closed gates,
Oh mother! my stomach aches,
Went for rag-picking, instead of carrying school bag,
felt miserable on encounter with rats,
Heard my parents quarreling often, these nights.
Is poverty the reason behind?
I want to study medical and rise higher with time,
But, time feels like deceiving this time.
Is human-nature conflict the reason behind?
when I ask mom,
she says - " Darling, one day everything will be fine".

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