Jasbir Chatterjee

Bronze Star - 2,738 Points (4 March 1966 / Delhi)

Nightmare Of A Working Woman - Poem by Jasbir Chatterjee

I stood at the crowded railway station,
Waiting anxiously for the train to arrive;
Minutes ticked by…
I was already very late…
The seminar must have begun;
I thought…
I suddenly had an odd sensation around my left ear.
I touched it with my finger…
My heart missed a beat;
My gold earring was missing…
I was shocked and benumbed.
The train arrived in the meantime
And the crowd jostled me in.

I must have looked sick
Because someone offered me a seat…
Minutes ticked by…
I was already very late…
The seminar must have begun;
I thought…
I suddenly had a wet feeling on my rear.
I got up slightly and looked back…
My heart missed a beat;
There was a dark red stain on the seat of my trousers…
I was shocked, embarrassed, and benumbed.
The train stopped in the meantime
And the crowd jostled me out.

I finally reached my office building
Harassed, with a scarf round my waist;
Minutes ticked by…
The seminar must have begun;
I thought…
I suddenly noticed everyone staring at me wide-eyed
I protectively wrapped my arms around myself…
My heart missed a beat;
My clothes were gone and I stood nude!
I was shocked, embarrassed, and benumbed.
I screamed in fright,
And I toppled down from my bed on the cold, hard floor with a thud…


Comments about Nightmare Of A Working Woman by Jasbir Chatterjee

  • Rookie - 200 Points Rajpal Singh (8/28/2015 8:26:00 AM)

    nice and heart touching poem (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 18,958 Points Rajnish Manga (11/16/2014 1:14:00 AM)

    This dreadful but powerful narrative brings to fore a couple of harrowing experiences of many an urban woman irrespective of her age. Very poignant and bold. I liked this poem because of its analogy with recent mishaps that have taken place all around us. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 37,976 Points Akhtar Jawad (6/20/2014 6:42:00 AM)

    A woman in general and a working woman in particular faces many natural and man made problems, she has fears and these fears often cause such dreams. A nice and bold description. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Guenael Oristel (12/20/2012 8:55:00 AM)

    wow, no words to describe this poem to show you how wonderful it is.
    I enjoyed reading this poem, I could read it over and over again.
    Good job keep up the good work.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 1 Points Aung Si (10/9/2012 3:29:00 AM)

    My heart missed a beat;
    What a beautiful idea.Loved it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 196 Points Indranil Bhaduri (10/9/2012 1:01:00 AM)

    Very well picturised............ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Xzavavia X (6/29/2012 2:01:00 AM)

    Wow.. really good poem. You had me going. Glad it was just a dream. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 71 Points Indira Babbellapati (6/22/2012 10:55:00 AM)

    a case for freudian dream analysis! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 18,301 Points Ramesh Rai (6/14/2012 12:03:00 AM)

    Really, it is a matter to realise about the difficulties of working woman in India. they have to cook, they have to attend office, they have to take care of kids. Indian women have many fold struggle. despite of every struggle they win to manage the home. they are not so to quit the home in minor issues.. nice depiction. I must like to vote. regards (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 607 Points Rekha Mandagere (5/30/2012 3:23:00 AM)

    Everyday experience of an Indian working woman is exactly pictured here.Family life and work are the two fold struggle of an Indian woman.It is really painful. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 34 Points Ramdas Bhandarkar (5/26/2012 1:41:00 AM)

    Oh! Fantastic picturisation
    of turmoil and trifles of working class woman! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie R.k Das (5/22/2012 3:38:00 AM)

    yes, suspense maintained till the concluding lines, , terrible nightmare, , , (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Alex Medvedev (5/21/2012 10:28:00 PM)

    a very relevant poem, depicts the experiences a working woman faces in her working life. magical words! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 7,999 Points Neela Nath Das (5/19/2012 7:47:00 AM)

    A horrible dream, which should not come true.Narrated with a suspense till the end.Nice! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jennifer Chalk (5/18/2012 1:29:00 AM)

    This had me in stitches! Very funny, ha ha, good one! I woke up laughing (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 613 Points Nasarudheen Parameswaran (5/18/2012 1:06:00 AM)

    A wild dream beautifully narrated, . (Report) Reply

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