प्रवासी मज़दूर

Image courtesy Labani Jangi | People's Archive of Rural India

तालाबंदी है
मज़दूर प्रवासी
वापस जाएं 

बस न रेल
बचत न पगार
भाग्य का खेल

थकते पाँव
दहकती सड़क
दूर है गाँव

तपती देह
नयन पथराये
उखड़ी साँस

शिशु को क्या दे
मां दो दिन की भूखी
छातियां सूखी

कमाऊ पूत
लाचार लुटे-हारे
घर को आएं 

सहमी बस्ती
हर सू मनहूसी
शंका के घेरे

पेट की आग 
बेकार घर बैठे 
बुझेगी कैसे 

वापस जाना 
मजबूरी है, फिर 
उसी शहर 

राम भरोसे 
न कोई भी सहारा 
न आश्वासन

Kamal Kant Jaswal has been a geologist, a teacher, an IAS officer, and served in the United Nations, public enterprises, government bodies and civil society organisations. A committed social activist, he is currently President of Common Cause, a reputed public interest organisation. He is passionate about languages, culture, history and governance reforms, and occasionally writes poetry.
Labani Jangi is a self-taught painter doing her PhD on labour migrations at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata.