indira babbellapati

Rookie - 71 Points (visakhapatnam, india)

Stop Not These Tears… - Poem by indira babbellapati

do we have the right
to be called human
just because we know
how to conceal our nudity?

do we have the right
to be called human
just because we can
translate our gibberish
thoughts into meaningful(?) words?

do we have the right
to be called human
just because we mastered
the art of standing(?) on two legs?

whoever named this natural
instinct all living organisms share
as love?

how misplaced is the emotion!
how misinterpreted is the emotion!

is it love if it craves so much bloodshed?
is it love if it doesn’t allow a young girl
her freedom to grow?

is there no way the young girl
of today be saved from the brutal
clutches of ‘love? ’

to call these brutes animals
would make the animals rebel
animals don’t know how to
muddle themselves and kill their own
in the name of ‘love’

o, god i humbly pray to you
please, please save this species
from ‘love’

o, god
save our young girls from
the maniacs on rampage
in the name of ‘love’

lacerated young bodies
acid hurled faces
no longer can i see

no longer can i stand
witness to a young girl’s
body axed and shredded
to innumerable pieces

o, god
please save us
pleaser save us
please…plea…se!


Attacking young school and college going girls with acid or axe or knife has become the order of the day. Yesterday was another incident where the maniac barged into the house and killed the parents on the spot and axed the girl for she refused his advances, in a small town- Rajahmundy in Andhra Pradesh, India. Each of these words are borne of my tears and flowed as tears…which proclaimed that there’s still something of human left in me…I don’t want to wipe these tears. It’s the way I pay for my guilt at standing a passive witness…let them flow…n fl…ow…and cleanse me and if they have the power, the world too!


Comments about Stop Not These Tears… by indira babbellapati

  • Gold Star - 19,559 Points Kim Barney (3/23/2015 2:06:00 PM)

    Whoa! Such behavior cannot be tolerated! I hope they sentenced him to be chopped up into little pieces. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Stephan O''Rielly (6/23/2014 12:20:00 AM)

    As the infant learns every nuance and inflection in the spoken dialect of their parents, so too do they learn the cultural behaviours, to perfection, and it becomes their reality. in one land of peoples, nude beaches are the norm, in another, the woman is entirely covered except for slits for the eyes, and if a man so much as sees a bare arm, he is deeply affected. In some land, a woman who marrys against her fathers wishes, is subject to stoning. Once, in California, road rage was all the rage. It is like the birds, who when one of them discovered how to peck the coverings off of milk jars delivered to homes, it caught on like wildfire amongst the other birds.

    And so the rejected male, has learned this behavior to release his pain of rejection.

    Who is to blame? Has society been altered, where the tradition of parental involvement in finding matches has been abandoned, to leave the youth to their own resources in finding a partner?

    It is easy to express outrage, but a solution may need some study of uncomfortable details. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 8,357 Points Tirupathi Chandrupatla (5/27/2013 8:37:00 PM)

    How pathetic. I see that this is poet's burden. One cannot carry it long one must let it out. Society must learn how to live peacefully. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 116 Points Prince Obed de la Cruz (3/3/2010 1:55:00 AM)

    wow... i don't know why but i think that i want to cry... nice write (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Pradyumna Jyotir (2/2/2010 11:22:00 AM)

    M'am i can understand your rage...your anger....even i feel the same...Please read 'For Ruchika' and 'vow of Silence' (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 20 Points Dr. Ratan Bhattacharjee (2/2/2010 9:57:00 AM)

    You have given voice to silent anger of the society. Your anger will inspire a good many of your readers.
    You may read two poems of mine on Haiti.
    Loved to read more of your poems. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 53,791 Points Mehta Hasmukh Amathalal (12/30/2009 9:33:00 PM)

    no longer can i stand
    witness to a young girl’s
    body axed and shredded
    to innumerable pieces...........ya it is scene of the day in all the parts of country.....we have no rights.... simply beautiful......10

    readmine...molestation bid.............cry not..............fine without you (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Beauty Philosophy (12/24/2009 12:58:00 PM)

    A nice poem putting in question important conceptions and misbehaviours... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Vjms Raju (10/7/2009 8:36:00 AM)

    The poem 'stop not these tears' really thought provoking, heart touching.in simple words, in very understandable manner even to those who have little exposer to English language. Really very good emotional, thoughtful questionnaire. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Anand Madhukar (10/6/2009 10:53:00 AM)

    This write raises some very pertinent questions which need to be pondered. A good, thought provoking and concerned poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Bamisaye Adeniran (10/2/2009 8:27:00 PM)

    Wonderful... keep it up... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 12 Points Onelia Avelar (10/2/2009 8:39:00 AM)

    It seems as a poem provoked by a local problem but it is far from this and much more than this - it is an appeal for humanity... in verses, emotional and poignant... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Nouri Black (10/1/2009 5:56:00 AM)

    wooow am speechless, that awsom good job ^-^ (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,242 Points Saadat Tahir (10/1/2009 2:42:00 AM)

    so contemporary to our part of the world... other places have equally testing areas that the young girls have to deal with
    u wrote a very emotional and exquisite piece
    a reminder of the darker niches of the world we live in

    thanx and its a tenner (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Philosophy of a DewyFlower (9/30/2009 3:35:00 AM)

    AMAZING/ YOUR POEM IS SO MOVING, it gave me the Shivers.
    a good Methodology tells a Hurtful Reality.
    it deserves TEN. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Alison Cassidy (9/27/2009 7:56:00 PM)

    A passionate and provocative rant against the obscenity of 'man's inhumanity to woman'. Your opening stanzas are filled with irony. Those that follow are heart-wrenching and deeply moving. Thanks for letting the world know what happens when we close our eyes to practices that legitimate power in the name of love. Excellent poetry. Love, Allie ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Rangarajan Kazhiyur Mannar (9/27/2009 10:29:00 AM)

    A poignant write on an incident which makes us keep our heads down in shame. Such acts of heartless people shockingly get repeated at various places. As a society we have to watch out to prevent ourselves from further degradation. An awakening poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points akshaya shah (9/27/2009 7:30:00 AM)

    sad...deep...touching (Report) Reply

  • Rookie ****tamara Hanaring.****** , A Thought Mate, (9/26/2009 12:06:00 AM)

    a heartfelt words, from your heart to readers heart, a true sad stories... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ranjeet Rain (9/25/2009 12:13:00 PM)

    I pity what has happened. Your pain is well shared by me. Nice to pen it down. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, September 18, 2009

Poem Edited: Saturday, March 13, 2010


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