The Forgotten Plegde

Jaibala/ August 31, 2014/ Poetry/ 14 comments

Dear Pledge, my old friend,

I remember having sworn allegiance

And over again, I promised to serve;

Be a community, where all were loved,

Without discrimination or divide,

Where their concerns were mine;

All were one, a collaborated state,

Each other to hold, we were safe.

Now decades on, not a soul cares,

Waving the flag has no meaning now,

No one listens, no one compromises,

Some contact only when need arises;

For some it has become a chair to save,

A reason to keep that position at stake,

Now the patriotism just feels drowned,

In the overwhelming noise they make.

open prompt 31st august

This post is written for the Project 365 program at We Post Daily aimed at posting at least once a day, based on the prompts provided. The Open-prompt for today was ‘Are you patriotic? What does being patriotic mean to you?’

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.


About Jaibala

Academically a Microbiologist, I am a Web Columnist for popular magazines and websites, Freelance Writer and a Blogger. Words define me and writing and reading compete to be the love of my life. My biggest belief is that there is something good in everything and I always looks to highlight the best in things. Creative writing is my forte.You can reach me by dropping a mail at


  1. Fantastic take on the prompt Jai – and very aptly describes a lot of the “mock patriotism” that goes around and comes up on “Certain days”.

    1. I guess it is brilliant since Sid understood the poem!! 😛 😛 :mrgreen:

      1. Ummm Thanks Pixie 😀

    2. That is something that I detest the most. Thanks Sid 🙂

  2. Indeed the sense of patriotism that we used to feel as children about 20 years ago, is no more there. Exactly because no one cares. That was beautifully penned, Jaibala!

    1. Thank You Rekha. We need to learn to respect and care more. But the noise makers make it harder for us to care.

  3. Good thought really. Esp. agree with your last two lines “Now the patriotism just feels drowned,

    In the overwhelming noise they make.”….most people do not realize this at all. Like Leo pointed above… when we were in school, we used to be called for Flag Hoisting on 15th never on 14th as is the practice today. Instead of valuing the actual day, all it has become is a holiday for most people now 🙁

    1. Yes the value of the pledge and the independence we enjoy is lost. I hope that soon people begin to realise it is more than just a holiday, it is our history and our inheritance.

  4. Brilliantly said, Jaibala:)

    1. Thank You Vishal 🙂

  5. I do notice that carelessness when people celebrate Independence Day or something. Have even seen people busy typing on their phone while the national anthem is being sung. The meaning for patriotism has changed, and not exactly for the better. Your poem leaves a mark.

    1. Yes I have seen that happen a lot too. It is more about our lifestyle now a days I feel.

  6. First patriot here 😛

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