Death Of A Butterfly
New curtains hung
Till shone as mirror.
New recipes tried
The whole house transformed,
Now a battlefield
A battle to be won.
Like a battle-worn soldier
She stood aloof
Impassive face apathetic eyes
Scanning the flurry.
Suddenly she was seized
Shoved in a car
Off to some beauty clinic.
Face scrubbed eyebrows plucked
Make up and all done
All illness cured.
A metamorphosis for the caterpillar
The butterfly stood facing the mirror.
The hour of bargain approached,
Displayed before strange eyes,
Scrutinized for a flaw,
Flurried by questions,
Here mercy is unknown.
She quailed in pain,
Must she go through the ordeal
To receive the bliss of marriage?
She shrank with shame,
Mistaken for coyness.
Her fate is to be chosen,
A woman is not to choose.
The butterfly lies motionless,
Her wings are broken now.
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