Jasbir Chatterjee

Gold Star - 12,667 Points (4 March 1966 / Delhi)

Modesty Personfied - Poem by Jasbir Chatterjee

Covered from head to toe,
Black Hijab over bright, shiny dresses,
With innocent, wonder-filled eyes,
Lips stretched into wide smiles,
These little girls,
Modesty personified,
Step daintily into womanhood,
Sheltered, cossetted, from lustful male eyes;
From the wild impulses of their own instincts,
Unaware of the enormity of injustice
Their society will soon heap on them;
Polygamous marriages,
Marriage to first cousins,
Female genital mutilation,
Triple Talaq…
Abused, unlettered, horrified
They remain till the Merciful Death
Pulls them away…

Topic(s) of this poem: women

Form: Free Verse


Comments about Modesty Personfied by Jasbir Chatterjee

  • Jazib Kamalvi (9/17/2017 6:17:00 AM)

    A nice poetic imagination, Jasbir. You may like to read my poem, Love and Lust. Thanks (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (9/4/2017 6:07:00 PM)

    Covered from head to toe,
    Black Hijab over bright, shiny dresses,
    With innocent, wonder-filled eyes,
    Lips stretched into wide smiles,
    These little girls, .. . I often think about them. These little girls are innocent really and they have no freedom. It is the clear picture of the present society. The Triple Talaq is much painful really. Dear madam, you have painted here a clear picture of the present society with nice penmanship. Thanks for sharing.
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  • Rajnish Manga (9/4/2017 1:41:00 PM)

    The poem does not portray only the scene before the poet's eyes but also presents a harsh commentary on the social system which is there to ensnare these innocent little girls through so many evil practices when they grow up. Thanks, Jasbir ji. (Report)Reply

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  • (9/4/2017 2:34:00 AM)

    Heartiest congrats for inking a poem on a horrible social custom perpetrating cruelties and injustice. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, September 4, 2017



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