The plight of workers in developing nations is often marked with grave injustices. Left without government intervention, workers must seek to survive by working in unimaginable conditions. Such is the condition for this poem’s setting. This poem speaks of ongoing conditions found within West Bengal’s tea estates. With speculative owners and weak government enforcement of India’s Plantation Labor Act, thousands of workers are left destitute and starving to death. While we, as readers, may be removed from such devastating conditions, we share in our responsibility to be our brother’s keeper.
Vanishing gardens of West Bengal
your crop’s delight are sipped by all
India’s finest to offer as tea perfume
savory tea with a lingering scent.
Withering corpses, stand to till your soil
as speculative owners, fatten their vaults
these owners have grafted from land and laborer
leaving shells of both, without any matter.
Indifferent government, turns a blind eye
workers now scurry, hoping not to die
perhaps to mine stones amongst dry river beds
or maybe yet, into human traffic be led?
What can allow a heartless government
to rob a people of their pulse?
while business plunders all human worth
a desert grows of endless thirst.
© Baidha Fercoq
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