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Supriya Prathapan

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Woman of Rural India


Woman of rural India courteous and dutiful,
Victim of Patriarchy, but Oh! So beautiful.

When she is born, her mother is called a sinner,
But her gender is ignored when she becomes a bread winner.

She serves her parents to become an 'ideal' daughter,
But loses her childhood in the barter.

Then comes the most important phase of her life,
This is when she becomes a slave-wife.

Soon she is instructed to multiply,
And Oh! she has more beings to satisfy.

She endures her domestic and maternal drudgery,
As if she was born to bear this overdose of misery.

But, what else can she do?
Education cannot come to her rescue.

A symbol of strength and perseverance,
Few admire her power of endurance.

Woman of rural India, courteous and dutiful,
Victim of Patriarchy, but Oh! so beautiful.

Submitted: Sunday, January 18, 2009
Edited: Friday, October 26, 2012

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  • Dr.tony Brahmin (4/24/2010 2:34:00 AM)

    hi poetess Supriya,
    very nice! after reading ur poem i thought u hve a moral responsibility to write and fight for the cuse of the poor women in india.
    much of it simply in the indian society. but i admire the power of endurance of an indian woman. i thoughtof my own mother when i read it.
    there are lot to say and speak out about indian women. esp. the custom of dowry in kerala. i dont know how is it in delhi. write please and change the society. thank u tony (Report) Reply

  • Vinod Ak (12/31/2009 7:35:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem on a very important matter ailing the nation's socio-economic development! Very well crafted! (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Martyres (3/23/2009 6:56:00 AM)

    Well penned Supriya, but I agree with Dr. Sheth - this is the sad plight of quite a few urban Indian women as well...Keep writing you have a great style 10 (Report) Reply

  • Shyam Balaji (3/10/2009 1:46:00 AM)

    hey,
    i bet u must be born somewhere around 60's...else u wud not hv seen ur descriptive women! ! ! ! >....nd u say 'slave-wife'....now its of other kind...anyways....a funny piece! ! ! ...hehe....keep going! ! ! >...comment on ma poems too...bye..tc..keep communicating. (Report) Reply

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