asma bahrainwala

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A Leper - Poem by asma bahrainwala

What a bright day!
After too long,
It has been this way.

Look! Here she comes
Dressed in all her finery;
Bedecked with jewels.

Her rags are no less
Than fine silk gauze;
Her bandages— Ah, what precious accessories!

The moment she appears,
She creates quite a stir
Like ripples on still water.

Proudly she walks,
Exchanging pleasantries
Extending her paws for some money.

She smiles when she gets a dime;
Her nose-holes now visible.
Look! How striking!

Her toes— some crooked, about to dropp off;
Some already gone—
Look! How intriguing!

Yet she glides gracefully down the lane,
Stopping by to greet everyone on her way;
Humbly pleading for some charity.

Is she some royalty?
A daughter, a wife, a mother
Ostracized because of leprosy?

As she approaches me,
I can’t help but wonder
Can fate be this cruel to anybody?

21st October 2006
12.24 pm

Comments about A Leper by asma bahrainwala

  • (1/28/2009 12:22:00 AM)

    yes, the sight of a lepor always makes one reflect on the cruel hands of destiny, humanity at its most debased form is the sight of a lepor who is ostracised
    by society and unfortunately by his own family members many a have rightly observed this in this sensitive have given an extremely humane approach to the patient.

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  • Melvina Germain (8/25/2007 12:20:00 PM)

    I see this woman walking with grace for in her heart she's full of God's love. She lives with her disability knowing what she has to do in order to survive while here on this earth. The good news is, this disease won't last forever, there'll come a day when it will be all washed away, a day when she can finally close the door here on earth and take her walks along the path of glory. Excellent write Asma, the imagry was impecable. You are a wonderful writer and you wrote this very realistic poem with feeling and compassion. I could feel it coming through.

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  • Rajaram Ramachandran (4/26/2007 10:48:00 AM)

    I shed a tear for her after reading this poem. What a cursed disease this leprosy is? (Report)Reply

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  • (12/16/2006 1:09:00 AM)

    Great descriptive writing: you can almost see this woman gliding gracefully along, the beauty of her spirit transcending her disability (Report)Reply

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  • (12/9/2006 11:01:00 AM)

    Look here she comes
    Dressed in....

    The fascination increases with the lines. A stream of of ideas. Good poem

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  • (12/8/2006 6:45:00 PM)

    The picturization is so good that you feel as if she is there in front of you. In India I found many lepers consider their disfigurement as a blessing in disguise as it brings in some money for their survival. (Report)Reply

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  • Melvina Germain (12/3/2006 8:53:00 AM)

    Yes, quite a grim existence, sounds though that the lady is trying to make the best of by walking in a proud manner. The solitude of Lepers would be grim to say the least.---Excellent poem Asma--- (Report)Reply

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  • (11/22/2006 7:05:00 AM)

    WOW! ! a gr8 poem.the picture is all so true along with those feelings! !

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  • (11/19/2006 11:15:00 PM)

    The contrast and the subtle pathos touches the soul.
    What a brilliant poem!

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  • (11/6/2006 7:38:00 AM)

    a very radiant description of the grim life of a leper.

    a well-written poem.


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Poem Edited: Friday, October 29, 2010

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