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A girl of Nine!

I neither claim to be a perfect being
nor a person free of flaws
my heart is made of rebel stuff
it does not follow laws
somewhere inside I keep a child
who does never grow
She has her silent tantrums wild
which mostly unattended go
In me resides that girl of Nine
you can say second self of mine
she is in contrast with me
when all leave, she lasts with me
she's always clad in painted frock
and loves to watch the birds' flock
painted hair in pony-tails
silky-textured ribbon tied
same in nature Maggie-like
sharp in wit and moods wild
up a second, down the next
mercurial creature knows no rest
always in some search and quest
sighs with others when others sigh
smiles with others in times of joys
never follows what I say
unlike me she likes to play
I am sober, tender, mild
she is naughty, wittily-styled
I'm mature, she is wild
I've grown up but she is child!

Submitted: Sunday, July 28, 2013
Edited: Monday, July 29, 2013


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*Maggie Tulliver is George Eliot's character with whom I always identified myself!

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  • Amitava Sur (1/20/2014 12:25:00 PM)

    Duel existence in a single person, apparently seems funny but actually very true.Actually, in every human being - there lives a child all through the life. And that's why our mind always remains in a confusion........ a nice penning

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  • Ramesh Rai (12/25/2013 10:04:00 AM)

    I m searching that child of nine. where she is lost.

  • Hina Narjis (11/28/2013 10:32:00 AM)

    Shahzia, I'm really amazed 2 c the similarity in thoughts! ! I always say, sb ko lgta hai men barhi ho gae hun mgr mery andar ki 'choti bachi' hr wqt mery sath sath hoti hai n usually people r ignorant of my naughty childlike side.
    These clicked me the most...
    my heart is made of rebel stuff
    it does not follow laws
    mercurial creature knows no rest
    always in some search and quest

  • Muhammad Javed Zeshan (11/20/2013 12:06:00 AM)

    it is really great! mdm shazia. ur poem is really impressive
    pl. also comment my poems.
    wating for quick response

  • Ramesh Rai (11/9/2013 10:09:00 PM)

    a child always plays in the heart of every person. it is due to our childish heart we are able to achieve some great in our life. only a child can imagine to pluck the moon. i hope u must have read my poem HEART AND MIND. About your writing skill nothing to say. a child is always a grt poet n vice versa. Thnx for sharing

  • Gulsher John (11/5/2013 10:43:00 PM)

    a fine of blend of Blake and Wordsworth....
    but Dear Shazia jus suppose for a moment that girl of nine is standing in front of you... observe her now portrait her but never indulge your feelings and sentiments...
    i wish u could read my Born to Die...
    i juss wanna reinforce that Form by ur poetic Skill

  • Queeny Gona (10/14/2013 9:53:00 AM)

    Awesome write and it is true that a child in us never dies despite of age.....
    I know how it be to get our ideas, thought s, dreams, goals suppressed in the name of discipline!

  • Rigzin Namgyal (10/7/2013 7:19:00 AM)

    ..a child resides in everyone of us..even though we grow up that child stays within us..i totally agree with you Shahzia..but it needs talent to bring that child out on paper...and there is no doubt you got dollops of that..

  • Yasmeen Khan (10/1/2013 10:49:00 AM)

    It all reminds me of Maggie, a compassionate and contradictory character. You have mastery traced the rebellious 'self'. Simple and outpouring!

  • Neela Nath (9/16/2013 9:26:00 AM)

    So innocent! I also have a river which has a will of a kid!

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