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Be the Change
By Dalia Jane Saldanha

January 10, 2013


Be the Change


Many people live in fear

Of committing fraud and sin

As criminals, they do not wish to appear

For us, hell is the ultimate fiery bin


Hell is where hatred rules

Where justice and harmony fail to pave their way through

Hell crowns and respects all fools

Punishments are hauled out of the blue


I have now stopped fearing hell

It does not intimidate me

It actually sounds kind of swell

It seems like a nicer place to be


Where I live now is worse by far

Than the nerve-wracking barriers of hell

Evil and corruption turn you into a star

While the deserving are never allowed their tale to tell


Why do I live in a land

Where the poor are treated like garbage

They are trampled on like castles in the sand

Even to merely exist, they must tirelessly forage


Why do my own country folk

Remain blind to the plight of my gender

Why are such crimes hidden under the cloak

Why do the authorities only favour the offender


Why is it that animals are locked behind a cage

But criminals are permitted to roam free

Why are we immune to a victims hurt and rage

Why are we, a proper solution, unable to foresee


A million rape survivors walk in shame

While their oppressors hold their head high

They conceive their actions to be nothing but a game

But who has really lost? The girl or the guy?


How can we live in a country

Where women are an eternally downtrodden race

Women don’t wish to be considered as holy

All we desire is justice that forever stays


The wrath we are subjected to now

Is worse than what is emotionally bearable

Don’t we deserve to be treated with love

Or must our problems be shoved rudely under the table


When are my leaders going to realize

That Im trusting on them to give me a safe life

Yet they walk away from our howls and cries

And silently watch us be prey to the knife


I can’t watch my country die like this

At the hands of these devils in human form

Who enjoy their lives with great joy and bliss

While we are forced to brave the turmoil and storm


I dream to wake up to a better tomorrow

To a time when my country becomes a paradise

No woman should have to suffer from any intolerable sorrow

Above such tragedies, our society must rise


Some day my country will change

Us, mango people, will enjoy every basic freedom

Justice, to us, will no longer seem strange

Priority will no longer be only granted to some


I deeply love my motherland, ‘India’

And I am going to help it grow

And watch it soon shine like a star

Irrespective of whether the process is fast or slow


I believe victory is soon to come

If we fight for it together

Fraternity is our only way to overcome

Our unforgettable tragedies


But the decision is now for us to make

Do we want to be a light

And lead our country to progress?

Or do we want to stand away and out of sight

And silently watch our country regress?

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Dalia your such an EXCELLENT poet! you've seen people and the world around you so deeply.... keep writing more as you've got a powerful pen in your heart!!!!!!!
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Asma Rolwyn Dsouza, moodubelle/alainTuesday, March 05, 2013
Excellent poem dalia. Keep writing God bless you.
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Tony Crasta, Mangalore/SydneyTuesday, January 15, 2013
Nicely crafted poem by Dalia in which she has highlighted some of the evil events that are taking place in the country today, and how their effect is felt by the common people, and the society at large. She is very passionate about her country, and has expressed the hope that the progressive leaders of today and tomorrow (sadly there are not many around) will address these maligned issues and give the country and its people a better future and standing. Well done Dalia - keep going.
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Avil Dalmeida, Moodubelle/DubaiTuesday, January 15, 2013
Nice one!!!!!!!Keep writing Dalia.
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R.Bhandarkar., MTuesday, January 15, 2013
To Be the Change
Feel the Pain
Your Poem 'Reflects' it
Dear Dalia Jane......
God bless and may your'feel' for the needy take you to greater heights in life...........
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Steven Rennie Kuwait, Karkala/KuwaitTuesday, January 15, 2013
Dear Dalia,
well written poem. God Bless you. Keep writting.
best wishes
Steven & Rennie Kuwait
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Peter Saldanha, BangaloreTuesday, January 15, 2013
Excellent write-up. Congratulations Dalia Saldanha.
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Kishore& Roshni Noronha, Dubai/PamboorMonday, January 14, 2013
Exellent Poetry, very well written keep writing
God Bless You
Wishes from Kishre,Roshni ,Reyon & Rishon
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Vijay Barboza, Kanajar/DubaiMonday, January 14, 2013
congratulations Dalia for the wonderful poetry ! one so young excellently explained & matured writing, GOd bless & keep writing.
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Mary Saldanaha , Kanajar/MumbaiMonday, January 14, 2013
Excellent Job, congratulations Dalia, keep up the spirit of writing n express your thoughts/ideas about motherland and its people specially the problems women face in the hands of their own family/society. God Bless you.Proud of you darling.
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John Saldanha, Kanajar/DubaiSunday, January 13, 2013
Well done Dalia. look forward to reading more such articles
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NAVEED, DUBAISunday, January 13, 2013
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VERONICA ALVA, UDUPI/DUBAISaturday, January 12, 2013
Congrats Dalia for such a great and an eye opening write up. You've expressed your views about the prevailing situation in our society beautifully.May your write up reach thousands of people to form a better tomorrow.Keep writing and may God bless you.
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john, udupiFriday, January 11, 2013
it is enough for good men to be silent for evil men to flourish
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Raviraj Shetty, Balkunje /DubaiFriday, January 11, 2013
Dear Dalia
Nice poetry well suited for the current state of affairs happening India.
Hope it will ignite some thought process amongst the people
All the best for future writings
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Jessy & Elias, Udupi / JeddahFriday, January 11, 2013
Wonderfully expressed feelings Dalia,keep it up !
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anita britto, Mangalore/AucklandFriday, January 11, 2013
Thought-provoking meaningful poem with words of wisdom that are politicians should pay heed to. Also read your previous article on Environmental issues which is so well-written.

Enjoyed reading both articles, Dalia and am sure we will read many more of your articles exploring several themes. Thanks
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Santhan , DubaiFriday, January 11, 2013
Exellent Dalia, very well written and meaningfull I am proud of you keep writing God Bless You
Uncle Santhan
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Thomas, ColomboFriday, January 11, 2013
Excellent master piece. Congratulations Dalia.
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Sr. Lenita D'Souza UFS, Deralakatte, MangaloreFriday, January 11, 2013
Congratulations Dalia,every word of your poem depicting the present scenario in which we live in is worth reading for a reflection. Keep up this talent of yours to bring this world to a greater awareness and a united timely solution.
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John DSouza, MangaloreThursday, January 10, 2013
Congratulations for excellent poem about the hell, which we live in.
We accept the problems as a bouquet of flowers and stay in the basket like crabs.
Neither we try to solve, nor support the solutions (instead we love to face it)
We watch the match and blame the game, being audiences in a huge stadium.
Criminals survive because of the fear and weakness of poor victims
Corrupt are by our bribe, which we try to grab limited opportunities, at cheap price.
We can make a World of Difference, with the change. If wish, we can be the change
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Stan D'Souza, Ruzai/DubaiThursday, January 10, 2013
Very meaningful and touching poem apt during the current turmoil period going on in our Country. We need a new thinking as suggested in the poem.Women have to rise to the occasion and not let this spirit die. Progressive men definitely will be walking with you, shoulder to shoulder. High time we stop this disease called 'atrocities on women'.
Weldon Dalia, keep it up.
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ADRIAN GOMES, SHIRVA / KUWAITThursday, January 10, 2013
Awesome write-up with facts & lesson for many to change. Congrats and wish you all the very best. Keep it up.
Warm regards
Adrian Gomes & fly
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Stan D'Souza, Kanajar / DubaiThursday, January 10, 2013
Dear Dalia, wonderful write up. We are proud of you.Wishing you all the Best. God Bless You.
Uncle Stan and Family
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Jane Gilbert Aranha, Mangalore/DubaiThursday, January 10, 2013
God Bless you Dear Dalia! Keep writing and I am sure that you will be a shining Star soon.
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Edward Barboza, Kanajar / AucklandThursday, January 10, 2013
Hi Dalia,
It was a well written poem. Best wishes and waiting to read some more poems.
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Hilda Lawrence, Udupi/DubaiThursday, January 10, 2013
Dear Dalia, So beautiful poetry. Excellent. Keep writing. We are very proud of you. Go Bless you.
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Merlyn Aloysius Dsouza, Shirva/Kanajar/DohaThursday, January 10, 2013
Dear Dalia,

Very thoughtfull and well written poem. Hearty Congratulations!!!!
We are proud of you. Keep writing.
Best wishes,
Uncle Aloysius and Family
Doha, Qatar
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Lawrence Saldanha, Kanajar/KuwaitThursday, January 10, 2013
Dear Dalia, I read each and every word of your poetry for a burning cause and I am indeed proud of you for having such a mature thinking which our leaders lacking. Keep it up and God bless you. Uncle Lawrence Saldanha Kanajar
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M Rao, MangaloreThursday, January 10, 2013
Excellent. So young, with such a matured thinking.

If only everyone is matured enough !!!
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