Sadiqullah Khan

A Woman Speaks

A thousand flowers sprout in the bosom
The dreams of the years gone now subdued
In the wake of reality that descends
Like waves after waves on the shore

Many colors and hues now dried
The color of the rainbow appearing dull
Which once was a fairy tale
To change the gender it was once said
Cross over the rainbow

The desire was not a deal as bad
Only raised and not loved in the world
So dominant by the other gender

The uncertainty of future with its dragon teeth
Love’s mast is the only way to sail
Through the murky waters

Having loved then for years and years
The lover, the husband, brother and son
Still in search of recognition of my love
In the man’s hand is my piece of bread

In the world of natural selection
When survival of the fittest is the rule
Braved have I the way for a living in harmony
Carry not I the gun nor do I have a doctrine

Who shall then fight for my freedom forbidden
Love is the last hope as the trees and vegetables
Only that I shed tears and sighs of the brutality
The civilization has dawned on me my destruction

Greater is the temptation for when I am hungry
Sell my body or what do I give in legacy
To the younger little girls who look at me
For inspiration when love stands abandoned

Rise women of the world for let’s change the destiny
Of our lives and future and not to be consumed
By hollow words of love without any meaning

Submitted: Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Edited: Sunday, December 22, 2013

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  • Rookie - 39 Points Nivedita Bagchi SPC UK (7/17/2010 10:47:00 AM)

    ‘Love’s mast is the only way to sail/Through the murky waters’ ~ Brilliant lines …are sparkling in mist world with kaleidoscopic velour…wiping out all pallor

    ‘Rise women of the world for let’s change the destiny…’ we women always on our ‘Highs’ but time immemorial gender bias well all you know… congrats for sharing
    Ms. Nivedita
    10/10 (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Mamta Agarwal (12/4/2008 8:28:00 AM)

    a very compassionate poem speaking on behalf of women. its a man's world, and all the education, financial independence and multi tasking not much has changed in the male dominated society. 10

    please read Celebrating Women's day and Dare to dream if you find time- same theme from a women's perspective.

    Mamta (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ershad Mazumder (10/8/2008 11:44:00 PM)

    Very good theme. Very good feeling.But not that much poetic I expected.Poetry is simple like beauty. Read more and more of Ghalib (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ashraful Musaddeq (10/1/2008 2:45:00 AM)

    'Rise women of the world for let’s change the destiny
    Of our lives and future and not to be consumed
    By hollow words of love without any meaning'

    Wonderful job is done,10 for it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Joseph S. Josephides (iosif S. Iosifidis) (9/27/2008 1:58:00 AM)

    Dear poet SadiqullahIn, you have a brave voice telling sharply the truth ('in man’s hand is my piece of bread) and the revolutionary declaration ('Rise women, change the destiny') . Further. I believe that Peace in the 21st century will be a case in the hands of women. I give you a 10. Go on with same poems to change planet's fate!
    Joseph Josephides
    Member of the International Society of Poets (ISP) Intern.Library of Poetry awarded (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Rakhi Jayashankar (9/26/2008 6:19:00 AM)

    being a woman i would like to tell you that your work is simply a presentation of woman not bold enough. Excepting the fact that some women have com through the whole way of thrones to success there are stil a great majority who found it difficult to overcome the struggles in the male dominated soceity (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 5 Points Paolo Giuseppe Mazzarello (9/26/2008 5:24:00 AM)

    When a woman speaks, a man has to listen to. Really a man knows the needs of a woman. Sometimes he forgets his needs as well as hers. This poem is a tribute to a woman, but it is an urging to a man, too. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie M M (9/26/2008 2:51:00 AM)

    So much tenderness in your expression here! It seems you could take the place of a woman, whoever she can be, wherever she can live, and analyze her very sincere thoughts about how life goes in a certain part of human reality. The soft flow of the rhythm, with no abrupt transition, is like the flow of counsciousness of a mind considering her life and life in general with a kind of dispassionate look, the look of a woman who no more fights emptily against things but, understanding how things go, has bet on love as the best way to act. A deep wish for true love -with full meaning- to be heard, whether it comes from women... or men.
    10+! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Gargi Saha (9/24/2008 11:06:00 AM)

    A wonderful poem speaks volumes of the reality..........
    Well done.
    U get 10+++ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sarwar Chowdhury (9/24/2008 7:09:00 AM)

    A thoughtfull and sincere expression indeed. Flow of verse/style of composition I liked..............10++ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Dr.Wardha Jawdat (9/19/2008 12:04:00 AM) have given voice to many a silent sufferers many a million matyrs upon the altar of womanhood. (Report) Reply

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