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Another Life

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Women spend the afternoon squatting on the porch,
picking lice from each other's hair.
They spend the evening feeding the little ones,
lulling them to sleep in the glow of the bottle lamp.
The rest of the night
they offer their back to be slapped and kicked by the men of the house
or sprawl half-naked on the hard wooden cot.
Crows and women greet the dawn together,
the women blowing into the oven to start the fire,
tapping on the back of the winnowing tray with five fingers
and, with two, picking out the stones.
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Sachidananda Panda 30 July 2020
" They spend the evening feeding the little ones, lulling them to sleep in the glow of the bottle lamp. The rest of the night they offer their back to be slapped and kicked by the men of the house or sprawl half-naked on the hard wooden cot. Crows and women greet the dawn together" A sad... sad... story, quite realistic... the ordeal... continues unheard... am speechless… Thanks
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Dr Antony Theodore 12 June 2020
The rest of the night they offer their back to be slapped and kicked by the men of the house or sprawl half-naked on the hard wooden cot. Crows and women greet the dawn together, sadness and brutality......terrible experiences. tony
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Ofentse Mercy Hajane 24 September 2019
Wow.... I don't know what to say...I'm actually speechless. This is just beautiful and sad at the same time.
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Aniruddha Pathak 23 September 2019
Sad comments from the pen of a woman who herself has suffered in her own country, and now living in exile. An apt choice to be selected for the second time as the poem of the day.
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Ratnakar Mandlik 22 September 2019
The hardships through which women in most of the developing and under developed nations pass through out their lives have been portrayed in this poem even today. A well deserved modern poem of the day.
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Sylvia Frances Chan 22 September 2019
ADDITION: error in the last line of my response nymber 3: must be God LOVES us all, no matter the belief. Thank you.
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Bharati Nayak 22 September 2019
Half their lives women pick stones from the rice. All their lives stones pile up in their hearts, no one there to touch them even with two fingers. - - - - - The last three lines say it all about the plight of women, not only in Bangladesh, but of many countries where women practically have no voice of their own and live a life of suffering their whole life.
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Sylvia Frances Chan 22 September 2019
3) She drank from another woman´s mug. According to the Islam belief is that HARAM, and that was reported to the Government and the punishment is To be thrown by stones till she dies. And what about Salman Rushdie? He escaped to England. What a situations ANNO 2019 for this young woman and her family(husband and daughter) . Salman´s occurrence was in 2009 or earlier. What a belief, I am sure GOD does not wish all these. He LIVES us all, no matter the belief.
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Sylvia Frances Chan 22 September 2019
2) No matter the background or cultural ot historical. I remember recently on the Dutch TV sent worldwide, the occurrence to a woman from IRAN that she would be sentenced to death abd also to be thrown with stones by the men in her society IF they discovered her hiding place. She got help from our country and Germany. She and her husband and daughter are safe now. She did something which was forbidden by her Islamic belief.
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Mahtab Bangalee 22 September 2019
life of woman as mother as wife as daughter after all as maid servant! ! ! ! ! oh! independence you are free but free doom for the life of woman! ! ! !
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