Arja Sadhukhan

Rookie (22/01/1994 / Kolkata)

Prisoner By My Own Right - Poem by Arja Sadhukhan

I am, but a prisoner, by my own right,

For my virtue is protected by protectors wielding swords,

Swords of restrictions, boundaries, barriers to conduct,

Which shall prevent me from 'meandering into uncertain roads '.

Am encased in a white castle, with no comforts denied,

Surrounded by high walls, which overlook a feisty garden, sustained-

By the jovial spirit of children, shy glances of adolescents,

Of unrequited love, uncensored thoughts, unimpedimented merriment,

As I look on, I realize, my carefully conspicuous absence from the scene,

Has somehow, 'increased' my ‘desirability ‘, foreseen,

By ambitious people around, always judging things on my behalf, unheard of and unseen.

By the discreetness of my presence,


By my meticulously planned absence,


I am fiercely cloaked, protected from the evils of the vile world that lurks beneath,

For ‘Prevention is better than cure ‘, the vaccination for the ‘pre-conceived' notions of evil`s teeth,

I am after all, of the ‘weaker sex', therefore, the cloak, the disguise of civil demeanour,

I, should not be an object of unrestrained, erotic desire, the kind ‘civilised' society do not humour,

Should not evoke lust, for its my crime, not of criminals with no conscience,

‘Fiend-like' queen, I should not be, nor should I unleash my suppressed ‘unladylike' vengeance.

Yes, I am a prisoner by my own right.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem is a satirical take on the lack of women`s liberation in some or most parts of the world - all it requires is a simple change of mentality, eradicating discriminations, creating equal opportunities and is an appeal to other intellectual minds - to make this world a better place for girl-childs, to invest in their future, to make this world a safer place for them - so they blossom into equally capable individuals. This is in no way a poem to undermine women, their capabilities or their independence.

Comments about Prisoner By My Own Right by Arja Sadhukhan

  • Sharad Juneja (4/23/2012 10:44:00 PM)


    Arja u have covered this beautifully...leaving nothing ....The state of woman can be seen like seeing through transparent mirror..... (Report) Reply

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  • Sharad Juneja (4/20/2012 11:23:00 PM)


    A great work.. total justice done Arja (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 20, 2012

Poem Edited: Saturday, April 21, 2012


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