There is already taboo around mental health and when it comes to children, the struggles get accentuated. So many kids and teens have got impacted post the pandemic, and we need to support them as they deal with a range of emotional upheavals. The first step, we believe, is to give them a platform to come forth and bare their souls. They need this safe space to express and hence, we were more than glad to collaborate with WICCI National Mental Health Council for a one-of-its-kind open mic for children held on 18th September 2021. This beautiful and important endeavour led to 20+ kids stepping forward and vowing us with their profound and deep thoughts. Some made us smile, some made us cry and some made us ponder.
It takes a special person
To teach a child in class
To just keep his attention
In a world that moves so fast
A sunflower sings this for its beloved lover and caretaker- the sun.
Always has it been a boon for me,
Adjudging the sight of you;
But, time flies; and so do you, at dusk,
Leaving me with, but
Gloom and hope.
You may not have given us what we want,
But have taught us what to do and what shan’t.
You may not have acquainted us with flight,
But might’ve given us the potential to fight.
Your pain is never conveyed,
But when I am sick
On my bedside you have stayed.
Books are keys, to wisdom’s treasure,
Books are gates, to lands of pleasure.
Books are paths, that give upward lead,
Books are friends; Come on! Let’s read.
The revolving Earth spoke in a somber voice;
Its resources are diminishing, lost are its joys.
The trees could do so much for you and me,
If only we stop our chopping spree.
The most precious wealth
Is your health!
A healthy you is a better you
Or suffer all illness and flu
There’s an uneasiness engulfing me, since last few days
The warm blanket and your coquetry
keep me engaged in cold February nights
I stay awake in the swarming, slithering moonlight
The telomeres of my twenty- three pairs
Of chromosomes, are now shorter than they were;
The seven and thirty trillion cells of my body
Are just beyond rejuvenation and repair!