Z to A in 26 Days – Nov 4th – W for Water

“Why are you idling? Get back to work, you miserable idiot”, he yelled.

The little man he was pointing at, Ramesh, was malnourished, his bones showing clear against his skin. He got up and started toward the thirteen storey building under construction where he worked as a laborer, but could only take a few steps before he fell down again.

I reached his side, and heard him mutter, “Water… someone give me some water, please.”

Picking up a mug from the nearby tank, I poured it into his cupped hands, watching him relish every drop before the rude supervisor knocked the mug out of my hand, and ordered both of us back to work. As I walked away, I turned back to see Ramesh looking at me, and mouthing the words, “Thank you, Sahib”.

I turned back, smiling. A shout broke my thoughts. When I turned back again, I saw Ramesh lying on the ground, blood around him. Those last drops of water had come a little too late.

Written for Z to A in 26 Days Challenge
November 4th – W for Water
Image Source: Thirst by Christians, DeviantArt

Taking up the Z to A in 26 Days Challenge? The details are HERE, and the challenge enters Round 2 with Y today. I’m in India, so the challenge begins at 12AM IST, and goes on till the farthest timezone from me, in Anchorage (Alaska, USA, GMT -08 HRS), turns to the next day, so all time zones can share! All participants can share their W themed post links here in the comments section. I’ll comments informing of it, once the day is over in all time zones. If your comment doesn’t come immediately, it’d be because you need to have a prior approved comment at the blog. I’ll moderate them as soon as I can, and you should have no problems after that. Happy Challenge to you all. Have an inspired November!

Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

48 thoughts on “Z to A in 26 Days – Nov 4th – W for Water

  1. Goodmorning Leo,
    Between all the beautiful poems never expected such a jolting story to turn up.
    Just one question: Why was there blood around him? Out of hitting his head as he fell?
    This is one short story that has gripped my heart and is a tear jerker for me ’cause it reminds me of my personal life experience. Its so close to my heart can’t share it here. Tell you when we catch up again.
    Take care dear friend! 🙂

    My W is here:
    http://klishmaklaver.blogspot.com/2010/11/whom-to-believe.html

    • yeah.. u got the blood reason, Vibz.. and people are worked so hard that it happens often 🙁 yeah, I’ll not inquire when we catch up, but you can share then if you wish 🙂 welcome to round 4..! 😀 Take care..

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