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Glimpses of Simplicity and Innocence

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Sad enough, she had a drunk as her husband,
And two famished children, born of their wedlock,
Before the Earth revolved round the sun twice!
Before there was time enough, to know each other!

Torn beyond the limits of endurance,
She had divorced him a couple of years ago,
Only to add more mouths to be fed,
As he came expressing remorse,
Each time her womb was empty!

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The little girl watched her young skin,
Across her belly stretching,
Into an enormous mound,
And wondered why it had,
Inflated like a balloon.
She rubbed ‘Tiger balm’
As she had seen,
Her mother applying it,
On her swollen knee!

Submitted: Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, September 04, 2013


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The grim face of the society where the female is callously 'tattooed' by the male!

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  • Thomas A Robinson (9/10/2013 3:38:00 PM)

    Must keep the pressure on if changes are to come.
    The more voices the louder the cry for change.

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  • Nasarudheen Parameswaran (9/6/2013 12:31:00 PM)

    A feminist aggressiveness is seen here.Quite natural.I like this poem with inner tone.

  • Patricia Grantham (9/5/2013 8:26:00 AM)

    A sad tale of two stories told with complete details.
    Unfortunately more mouths to be fed only adds to
    the burden and sorrow of this very emotional write.
    When society and its treatment of young women and the
    under privileged is changed then life will be better indeed.
    An inspiring write Valsa!

  • Dinesh Nair (9/5/2013 8:24:00 AM)

    An episode extracted from our own surroundings narrated with intensity of concern and overshadowing helplessness. We have regret with her limitations and Mr Kanniappan, she is not that mentally retarded...

  • David Wood (9/5/2013 5:12:00 AM)

    Society still needs to change where young innocent females are pressurised into early marriage.

  • Kanniappan Kanniappan (9/4/2013 11:12:00 PM)

    Nice poem! She must be a mentally retarded woman, victim of innocence!

  • Geetha Jayakumar (9/4/2013 7:33:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem again from you..The two different shades you have portrayed beautifully..The first one, drunkard husband, with many mouths to feed, struggling woman...
    Second one, Innocent Victim, before she understand what is life, life has taken away her innocence..
    Loved reading it.

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (9/4/2013 5:58:00 AM)

    Great write. Happenings in society are brought to attention in a simple way. Facts of life must be tackled. Thank you.

  • Kavya . (9/4/2013 5:46:00 AM)

    The First one is a harsh fact Mam, where women having drunkard husbands struggle in their life as their husbands give them nothing but more mouths to be fed!
    The Second one is a real innocence expressed by the young girl unaware of the cruel fact!
    a gud write Mam.

  • Pradip Chattopadhyay (9/4/2013 3:24:00 AM)

    of different shades but tied somewhere, the two verses ink tales of sadness!

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