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I am a curse!

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Sometime back I came across the above picture on a Social media platform.  I could hear the screams and cries of the little girl bound by the chains of societal evils. At an age for playing with toys and going to school, her tender shoulders carried the burden of untold hardships.

India is a country which boasts of a huge diversity and an alarming inequality across the different strata of society. While on one hand we do have women reaching the pinnacle of success, on the other, female infanticide and callousness in raising a girl child is still rampant. Though illegal, child marriage still remains a social evil among the rural and uneducated masses of India.

This poem is a story of one such unfortunate girl.

My

soul scavenges for memories

into the past, scouring for moments

of smiles and happiness.

Alas,

only to meet a murky wall

of gloom and darkness

bias and prejudice

abuse and scorn

burden and guilt

hunger and loneliness

pain and sorrow.

My

delicate hands forced into labour

books and toys being only a fantasy.

The hollow love, tyrant family

leave me bereft of emotions.

The wedding celebrations

shatter my tender dreams.

For,

tonight I shall be crushed

abused and crumpled.

Silently,

wiping the bloody tears

silencing the screams

hiding the bruised body

a  lifeless ,muted me ,

will mourn and lament

my birth as a girl.

My body breathes

but my soul is buried deep!

 

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56 comments on “I am a curse!

  1. Manish Malu
    June 3, 2018

    Wonderful poem…👌👌

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Rashmi Awtani
    June 3, 2018

    I left me speechless..What a commandable piece of poem….

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Kurian
    June 3, 2018

    Nice and very touching Radhika

    Liked by 1 person

  4. pvcann
    June 3, 2018

    Powerful words, you expose the shame of all in this.

    Liked by 1 person

    • radhikasreflection
      June 3, 2018

      It really breaks my heart when I read about the torture these young girls undergo Paul. It’s hard to believe that such evils continue to happen in spite of the progress we have made.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. AprendiZ
    June 3, 2018

    Beautifully penned

    Liked by 1 person

  6. my valiant soul
    June 3, 2018

    That photo! Damn.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Rêveuse
    June 3, 2018

    Beautifully expressed ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Rashmi Awtani
    June 3, 2018

    You left me speechless*

    Like

  9. Jyotirmoy Sarkar
    June 3, 2018

    Strong and superb one, very nice presentation.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. soiba
    June 3, 2018

    So touchy and powerful, the picture adds to it!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. The Type-writer
    June 3, 2018

    Tears..tears.. heartwrenching.. 😥 😥 … presented soulfully… 🙂👌

    Liked by 1 person

  12. yassy
    June 4, 2018

    Wonderful 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Infinite Living
    June 4, 2018

    That photo felt heart-breaking instantly and your words so deeply tuggingly beautiful!

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Yasmin
    June 4, 2018

    Powerful words!
    And the picture💔💔💔

    Liked by 1 person

  15. DeepikasRamblings
    June 4, 2018

    Soul touching ! the young girls must be experiencing sheer torture. My heart reaches out to them. Hope this evil comes to an end.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Madhusudan
    June 4, 2018

    my birth as a girl.
    My body breathes
    but my soul is buried deep.
    Dil ko chhuti aapki panktiyan……….Bahut khub likha.

    गुजर गयी हैं सदियाँ कितनी,
    कितने बीते साल,
    सुधर सके ना मगर अभी तक,
    अपने ये हालात,
    केवल जिन्दा हूँ,
    जीवन पाकर अब भी मैं शर्मिंदा हूँ,
    केवल जिन्दा हूँ|
    साँसे चलती देह सलामत,
    तबतक मैं हूँ एक अमानत,
    रूह मृत है मेरा,
    केवल जिन्दा हूँ,
    जीवन पाकर अब भी मैं शर्मिंदा हूँ,
    केवल जिन्दा हूँ|
    जन्म लिया तो माँ का छाँव,
    होश हुआ तब बेड़ी पाँव,
    बचपन,यौवन,बृद्धापन में,
    कहाँ आजादी देखा मन ने,
    देखा बंदिश पाँव
    केवल जिन्दा हूँ,
    जीवन पाकर अब भी मैं शर्मिंदा हूँ,
    केवल जिन्दा हूँ|

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    • radhikasreflection
      June 4, 2018

      Aapki pankthiyo ne Dil choo liya Madhusudan. Aapka bahut dhanyavad. Tajub hota hai, ki aaj ke zamane mein bhi yeh kadwa sach un bebas ladkiyon ko jhelna padtha hai.

      Like

  17. daneelyunus
    June 4, 2018

    Nice one Radhika

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Megha's World
    June 4, 2018

    A very strong and emotional piece.I cannot be more against these social evils in our society. Female infanticide, inequality and child marriage can only be tackled by increasing the awareness and giving terse punishment to the perpetrators.
    I did the anthology on it as my bit as a poet to increase the awareness. Thanks for writing about it Radhika.

    Liked by 1 person

    • radhikasreflection
      June 4, 2018

      Absolutely Megha. It baffles me as to how can a parent be so cruel to their own piece of flesh and blood? I pray that they open their eyes to the wonders a girl can achieve.
      I remember reading your anthology Megha. They were brilliant!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Megha's World
        June 4, 2018

        Yes I too fail to understand that how can you do that your own flesh and blood and make her go through all that pain.
        Thanks for reading them. I really appreciate your time, Radhika.

        Liked by 1 person

      • radhikasreflection
        June 4, 2018

        Absolutely my pleasure 😊

        Liked by 1 person

  19. Shantanu Baruah
    June 4, 2018

    Wow this is such a beautiful poem. Well done Radhika

    Liked by 1 person

  20. almeidadepaulo
    June 6, 2018

    So beautiful poem Radhika!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  21. You are a wonderful writer always caring about the society. I wish these words to reach higher place

    Liked by 1 person

  22. Ammy's Track Uphill
    June 21, 2018

    Poignant rendition of the stark reality!
    Very well written, Ma’am!

    Liked by 1 person

  23. radhikasreflection
    August 31, 2018

    Thanks Jimmy. Will check it out soon!

    Like

  24. jimmyaajablog
    August 31, 2018

    Great read! Well done – check out my blog on how the Mahabharata’s key messages reflect society today and the dehumanising of women

    Liked by 1 person

  25. Brendan Birth
    September 18, 2018

    Wow. What a powerful, yet heartbreaking, poem.

    Liked by 1 person

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