Treasure Island

Deepthy Menon


BUILD ME A GLASS CAGE


Build me a glass cage,
Scour the world to make it beautiful,
Carpets of fur, pillows of feather, clothes of satin,
Make me pretty and vain,
Oh and secure too,
Here's the gold lock with rubies studded.

Build me a glass cage,
So you see me but can't touch,
They say the roof can't be open to the skies,
Lest the birds swoop to wound me with their claws,
The air could be poisoned,
So secure me in vacuum.

Build me a glass cage,
Confiscate the stones,
Build a bigger cage and another one.
Let my voice be drowned,
Let my wishes be damned,
I'm too pretty to be free,
Too precious to be left open,

May I make a plea?
If the cage is big enough, can She come in too?
Build Us a glass cage,
We know not how to want any more.

Submitted: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem was written in protest against the growing incidence of rape and violence against women in India, a society traditionally known to rever their women. The chauvinist opinions, solutions to ensure women security and reactions among political and civil society leads me to conclude - that women cannot be safe in a society where the perception of violence and its consequences are skewed.

This poem is therefore dedicated to all women who continue to be discriminated against, violated and denied their basic rights as human beings and equals.

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  • Dr Tapan Kumar Pradhan (10/17/2013 10:17:00 PM)

    Dear Deepthy, I definitely loved your poem. One of the better poems in the entire contest. You have a real talent, which can be further nurtured to make you a potent voice. Wish you all the best. But anything can happen in an Online Contest - which can be easily manipulated by cyber savvy poets! ! (See my poem Poem Hunter Contest Final just to have an idea of how a contest can be manipulated...) (Report) Reply

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