November 28, 2004

She...

People…This is a poem I’ve written to send for a competition.Please send me your comments asap…be critical.Lemme tell you the truth.It was not a poem I wrote naturally.The topic was given and I had to write based on that- Violence against women.So ppl,keep that in mind also! J

She slowly opened her eyes and beheld the world,
Oh! How splendid and bright it is to be alive!
Her father had not wanted the girl,
Her mother had thought the same.
And together they had tried to wipe,
From life’s pages, her name.

But, oh, the poor girl did survive,
As a crippled lame thing,
Escaping death by a whisker,
A heavenly blessing?

She grew up amidst dislike and hate,
She remained unloved, unwanted.
A lonely heart amidst her kin,
A limping servant maid.

“Your birth brought us no joy,
Let your parting, a lakh, pay,”
Her father had fixed a sixty year old groom,
The girl refused, ran away from ‘home’.

A gang of men waylaid her,
She tried to save herself.
Once more the heavens helped,
A bus stopped to take her to town.

There she worked, she earned, she found her lucky dame,
Ability in her disability, won herself a name.
The girl prospered as heavens smiled again,
An honest co-worker married her and wiped away her pain.

But wouldn’t her life been better,
Had there been love, kindness and joy?
Oh mankind, give woman a right to her life,
Give her an identity other than mother, child and wife!

21 comments

Vani Viswanathan said...

hi sandy!!
well i've created a blog too!!!! thanx, i've been looking all this while for a blogspot...
hmm..i only read the poem..its all really good tho i think you cud have done better in the last but one paragraph coz i think its too dramatic.. maybe you cud put it in a more subtle way...good luck man!!!
my blogsite will be(hmm..i cud've thot of a better name!)
www.chennaigalwrites.blogspot.com
or whatever it is, just chennaigalwrites instead of your dreamydryad...btw, what does this mean?
vani

Prabz said...

Hey Sandhya..
The poem is really good. Both in its flow, the melancholy and the core view!! Not just for the comments.. but for sure!
Advanced wishes for your win!!

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stef said...

Hi Sandhya,
Loved your poem. It rings a bell to me. I am from Senegal, where this reflects so many women's reality, although the ending is not so joyful. yours brings hope, and tells that it is worth hanging on, and trying. Somewhere, there is always somone that loves you and that is ready to hold your hand and take you through the great sides of life. Like it.

BTW, I am Stephane. I used to work with Swetha in Paris. i found your blog by pure chance. 'Will come back!

Stephane
San Francisco.
sr_ndiaye@yahoo.com

...Out of curiosity, did you win s.thing with your poem ??

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