Treasure Island

Soumita Sarkar Ray

(Kolkata)

Save the girl child


Two separate world’s union
Pure love was the reason
You called me your drop
That floated high on top
A face unseen unrecognised then
Became the core of far mundane
When lasted long the play
All were expectant and gay
A guest—a new face
A design—a new race
Through the layers of blood and clay
on appearing in flesh one day
I could feel the jest of rain
Will see all wait slowly drain
Growing in shells in shine
Borrowing from you in line
You named me ‘light’ in delight
And closed your eyes at night
Glitter of joy gathered indoor
ninth month was drawing close
wait for a moment to know
you also joined the flow
A child—A girl
A voice—A show
All glows went dull
To know that I was a girl
Everybody’d dream for a flame
Now became a mother’s blame
Those ragging waves of protest
Mother why didn't you detest?
Scale the pain, count the tears
Sin is to slay a soul before it rears
Altar of frozen progeny
Stood a figure for mutiny
Kill not show some mercy
I am life—I am beauty
This world could not see
My fear, my smile and me
My thoughts are not greater
It grows in small diameter
Save me – I am beauty
A prayer—a seed of maternity
I want to thrive—a light
I want to live—my right.

Submitted: Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, July 31, 2013

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don't distinguish a daughter from a son.........both have equal right to live.

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  • Vivek Mishra (7/3/2014 1:10:00 PM)

    Informative and very awakening, your sentiments present quite the picture of DEVELOPING India, .......... (Report) Reply

  • Wahab Abdul (6/12/2013 8:25:00 AM)

    the topic is great, this is a social problem in India however quality of the poem is good..enjoyed it (Report) Reply

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