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Creation and Criticism

ISSN: 2455-9687  

(A Quarterly International Peer-reviewed Refereed e-Journal

Devoted to English Language and Literature)

Vol. 08, Joint Issue 28 & 29: Jan-April 2023


Three Scenes About Childhood — Sagar Mal Gupta

Prof. (Dr) Sagar Mal Gupta (Born: 1940) was educated at Edinburgh University in the UK and at the University of Hawaii in the US from where he earned his Ph.D in Linguistics. His poems have been published in IJES(2015), IJELLS (2015), Literaria Linguistica (2016) , Muse India (2016, 2017, 2018), Café Dissensus (New York, 2017), The Ghazal Page (New York, 2017, 2018),  Poetcrit (July 2018 & Jan 2019) and The New Ink Review (Zambia, August 2018), Langlit (Sept. 2019 ), CLRI(2019, Vol6.3). He has two collection of poems‘The Cresent Moon’ (2018) and ‘The Songs of India and the World’ (2019) to his credit. He resides at 69/81, V.T. Road, Mansarovar, Jaipur-302020 and can also be contacted through email:


‘Child is the father of man’ — William Wordsworth
‘The child’s faith is new’ — Emily Dickenson


I made friends
with a boy
living in the mud house
down the street.
My mom made faces
at our friendship.

My mother’s friend came
living in the skyscraper.
They talked in whispers
about the rich man
living in a villa
with a BMW
near the park.


It would be better world
if adults accept a change easily
and forgive others easily like children
because life does not become better
by chance but by change.
Children, if happy , smile
if unhappy, weep.

They don’t suppress their feelings.
Listen, adults
Learn to control your feelings
Learn to ask questions like children.

Be curious
Be enthusiastic
because asking questions
would enhance your self confidence
and reasoning power.

Don’t look for profit or loss
n making friends like children. o adults.
friendly behavior would enhance
the ambience of conversation and productivity.
Live again the childhood,
the most beautiful period of life.

Take care of it
Beautify it
Treasure it
Childhood is hidden in you
You feel you lost it
rediscover it
and live a life of
fearlessness and worrilessness
if you want to be happy
and carefree like children.


The African children
were presented with mobile phones.
They never encountered this gadget before.
At once, they plunged into tinkering with them
and were able to download the cartoons.

Their mothers too were gifted
with smart mobile phones
They drew complete blank
and in spite of several attempts
were not able to even switch them on.

Don’t children have more
confidence than children?



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