Year 2009. It was a contest for selection of poems to be included in a book authored by Late Dr. Aroona Reejsinghani. The contest was conducted by Authors Association of India (Redg.Trust), Mumbai founded by producer/ writer/director late Kwaja Ahmad Abbas and headed by late Dr. Aroona Reejsinghani, its Chairperson. Two representative poems on the subject were selected out of fifty odd poems and one of the poems was mine. The book was ‘ How To Prevent Rape and Molestation’. The subject was relevant then as it is relevant now. I am reposting my poem here after a long time for those of my friends who have not read it earlier. Thanks. Happy reading.
She wakes up
Trembling, frightened, pale faced and humiliated
Day and night
When humans become inhumane
And shame has no place to hide.
Hunted before the crowds
Molested behind the bushes
Raped in the moving cars
Relatives, friends, goons, terrorists or
By political czars.
Mentally mauled, physically abused
Everyone looks on but never rescued
Nightmarish moments never out of sight
Living dead or deadly living
Soul and body always in fright.
Tender age matters to none
Everything she dreams, is undone
In a flash, everyone jumps in
Her innocence, her trauma, her conscience
For five minutes of fame
Putting even THE GOD in shame.
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