Child of the World by Sushant Thapa

A child leaving his home

For the first time empathizes

With the sun-dried raisin of pain

Which the world carries in its casket. 

The taste of that raisin

Becomes his life torch.

Joy was his sky of innocence.

The age of experience

Puts him into a learning horizon

With the thorn of pain.

Heavy heart and his mimetic art

Pushes him close to his country. 

His global education, 

His garden walk,

All tend to return

The blessings of humanity.

Hard to find a flower

Blooming, in his grave.

The child reads the lamentation

Of his old country,

When he grows

And nods by the holy fire.

Extract: The poem “Child of the World” talks about how a child gains experience as he grows in the world of pain. 

Sushant Thapa (born on 26th February, 1993) is an award-winning Nepalese poet from Biratnagar-13, Nepal who holds a Master’s degree in English literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. He has published five books of English poetry, namely: The Poetic Burden and Other Poems (Authorspress, New Delhi, 2020), Abstraction and Other Poems (Impspired, UK, 2021), Minutes of Merit (Haoajan, Kolkata, 2021), Love’s Cradle (World Inkers Printing and Publishing, New York, USA and Senegal, Africa, 2023) and Spontaneity: A New Name of Rhyme (Ambar Publication House, New Delhi, 2023).    

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