How Much?

After all how much food
A man needs?
Only nine morsels a day
Then why so much hoarding
Of grains and foods?

After all how many pairs
A man needs?
Only two pairs a day.
Then why so much
Unnecessary collection?

After all how many houses
A man needs?
Only a roof to live under
Then why so many mansions?

After all how much territory
A ruler needs?
Only one that he inherited.
Then why so much aggression
Pushing the meek into depression?

After all how much land
A man needs?
Only two yards to rest in peace
Then why so much acquiring
And grabbing of lands?

When one leaves this planet
For one’s heavenly abode,
Just peep into his palms
Empty handed the hoarder goes.

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I am an educationist and have penned books in Education, Hindi and English literature. My Hindi novel "Shashwat Prem" is acclaimed by Hindi Academy, Delhi. A book of poems in Hindi published by Parvati Prakashan Indore. My books on Education are : Humour in Classroom, Human Resource Development in Education, Shkshan Kshetriya Manav Sansadhan Vikas and Microteaching. These days I am working on Spiritual Education Management Development.
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The message conveyed in a crisp language. Good cadence.

Savi Mani

Dr.Bhardwaj sir a very thought provoking poem, there is only one answer to all your whys and that is “the greed of man” no matter how much a man has, greed follows him like his shadow and he tries to accumulate more than he needs, never realising by doing so he is becomes an enemy to the society, to the nation and to the humanity as a whole……..the want and the hunger for more and more makes human worse than animals……..atleast animals dont attack when their stomach is full but man!!!!! the less said the better…..nice poem sir……regards

Chris McKnight
Chris McKnight

Phenomenal piece with deep meaning. Great work. Keep writing!


Deep feelings and truth of life that we forget when we are with our fellows on Earth. Excellent and great writing. Loved to read it.

Minnie Mariah Wilson

Your poem speaks the truth of life and death-we come here with nothing, we leave her the same. Thank you for your poem.


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