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Eve- of the West and the East

East or west, women are stressed
Concede it or not, they are beguiled n' oppressed

Women everywhere have hang ups
But often thrive on cover ups
Complex is their mental make up
Excuses come to them tacitly made up

Inscrutable are their ways
None can, their actions, appraise
With intuition, they do amaze
But are often duped by praise

An enigma, they often remain
To suit to the need they may feign
It is hard for them to take strain
In the eyes of men, they are vain

With such common traits, as they fare
Women widely differ in the West and the East

Bold and fearless is the lady of the West
There she is almost on par with men
In a ball room she can sing and dance
Even after sundown she roams round
She can sprawl on the beach
And ski on the Blues
She is well coiffed
Has cherry red lips and glossy face
In parties, her flowing frock sweeps the rugs
Diamonds flash in her ear lobes
They adorn her neck and fingers
But Alas! Often is seen with eyes sad
Spirits low and face drawn
No smile lights her lips
While revelers sing and dance
She looks eternally glum
For her, future is far from promising
With relentless insecurity shrouding

What is it that nags her?
What steals her inner calm?
A stark desertion, she fears by her lover/ companion
As beauty fades and age withers
She dreads the absence of children near
To relieve her of her drab existence

For women of the East
It has been far tougher for centuries
Here a girl struggles to be born
The mother’s womb can be her sepulcher
Once born, no guarantee for survival
Fate like a haunting falcon
With claws sharp and eyes intent
Targets and preys on her
Like a piece of organic garbage,
Unscrupulous hands may hurl her to the bin
Or bundled and cast on railway tracks
Or discarded on crowded platforms
If she out lives this
Still vultures may circle round
To feed on her flesh, raw and red

No oracle or miracle
Could ever change her life
None knows what awaits her
Despite these daunting odds
She grabs life’s better moments
Raise happy kids
Keep the family intact
Stick to the wedlock
Be it a loop or a lock
Like a balanced acrobat
She does the tight rope walk
For the storms that rage without,
To her, is less insidious.
Never is she tossed by the unseasonal blizzards

For she is born in fire
And can easily brave the burning heat!

Submitted: Friday, June 07, 2013
Edited: Thursday, August 01, 2013


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Inspired by an article, recently read! This may be a sweeping generalisation and may be a little of an exaggeration, but holds much truth! I know there are exceptions in plenty! Hope it won't hurt anybody!

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  • Valsa George (6/14/2013 9:53:00 AM)

    Dear Mr. Robert

    Thanks for the comment, but please don't misunderstand! I don't have any hatred for anyone in particular!

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  • Bobby Wynn (6/14/2013 8:56:00 AM)

    I love it all and especially how you closed. I have traveled as a sailor and know the truth as travelers do, so thanks from me for the uninformed instead. the differences are stark and hatred for westerners are steeped in it.

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (6/9/2013 9:39:00 PM)

    The disparity exists in both east and west. How it is felt may be different. In this epic poem you brought out many aspects in a vivid manner. We need to look for the day when true equality will come. Thank you.

  • Valsa George (6/8/2013 11:39:00 AM)

    Dear Mr. Tajudeen
    I feel greatly obliged to you for sparing so much of your time to analyze the poem and voice your opinion on the issues faced by women and the disparity meted out to them! How many men here are willing to see women in the way you see them... as Goddess and light of the family? With confidence and courage, if a woman sets out to act, not caring much for public approval, she will be branded as arrogant or domineering! I don't think, any woman from the smart young generation wants to earn others' attention through self pity! She longs to prove herself self reliant! But unfortunately she is weighed down under the heavy yoke of age old mores and the vestiges of a patriarchal society! Do you know in how many states of India, female foeticide has become the norm of the times! In cases, similar to the rapes in Delhi the capital city, what a woman can do for self defence? I am not being pessimistic! But to think of the dawn of a time when there would be a gentle air of mutual trust and geniality in near future is just a rosy dream! I have written this not to spark off a controversy!

  • Somanathan Iyer (6/8/2013 9:49:00 AM)

    A true depiction of woes of women. very neatly elaborated. Great write. enjoyed the poem.

  • Tajudeen Shah (6/8/2013 4:32:00 AM)

    Dear Poet,
    Good Morning.
    You have versed the theme with all its deserving emotional factors maintained intact. But, I am not happy with the theme, nor of the comparison of the east and west women at all. I admonish most sisters, mothers, daughters and all forms of feminine relation with all humility, honesty, love and heart full of emotions that the segregated confusion in women's life is only because of women themselves, and a set of men who claim as emancipators of women. What they are doing is attracting the attention of others to think that they are feeble, unworthy, maimed and all. The world has accepted it as a practice it seems. Listen, kindly stop announcing the world that women suffer and are weak, instead, live life to the full with your family, and make the male members of each woman's family consider her the most blessed Goddess, without her no blessings will there be in a family or society, and she should remain pure for the sake of humanity to survive. Knowing this fact, a set of other questions might rise as well. For instant, what if men from other corners try to trample her? There are answers unsatisfactory and insensible. Even governments of the world have miserably failed by revising laws rigid and punishments severe. Have you all thought about this? Good many a number of prophets and cultural leaders have tried their best to save feminine destiny in history. Still, most of the efforts were in vain. Good, An over all psychological restructure among mankind would only set things right. I am sure, we can cure this malignant ailment. I am doing a serious research on this, please wait, let us pray and act. God Bless. Before anything, women must cast off sarcasm, cynicism and skepticism. By God's grace, in a future immediate, would there be gentle air of mutual trust, comfort and safety prevail in every nook and corners of this beautiful planet. God Bless.

  • Chandra Thiagarajan (6/8/2013 1:49:00 AM)

    Just inspired by an article how well you have compared the Eve of the West and that of the East! Each line speaks volumes and I have no words to describe the emotions filled in the poem.Simply GREAT & MARVELLOUS!

  • Valerie Dohren (6/7/2013 12:02:00 PM)

    There are few cultures which haven't suppressed women to some extent, some more than others, but suppressed they have been and continue to be one way or another. An interesting and thought-provoking write Valsa.

  • David Wood (6/7/2013 5:04:00 AM)

    A real contrast of cultures but never the less very true words. Each one of us can be the instrument of change, as poets we can get our work printed for others to read who are in a position to change things. A Good poem Valsa.

  • Diane Hine (6/7/2013 4:56:00 AM)

    Fascinating contrast of cultures. Nothing wrong with generalisations as long as they're acknowledged.
    Early hardship may make subsequent hardships easier to bear. Lots to think about here in this good poem.

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