Shahzia Batool

Bronze Star - 2,259 Points (Pakistan)

She Wanted Wings... - Poem by Shahzia Batool

The turquoise sky was a prompt to fly
tempted her to perch on high
from there a world she could descry

But something happened last night
last night her soul died,
In the name of norms she's crucified
her voice is mute and flight is stopped
now she will sing and fly no more

She wanted wings
the special things
like the notes of lark which always sings
but she will fly no more

She loved the smell and feel of rains
as sick of summers she wished to wear the robe of clouds
and dance the steps of mild and tender downpour
though vales and dales will wait for her
but she will dance no more

and you know what!
pseudo-norms are a crashing engine
What if she sings and lives no more
Her wings are clipped, her flight is checked
(at least the norms of clan are kept.)

Topic(s) of this poem: sadness

Form: Verse


Comments about She Wanted Wings... by Shahzia Batool

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (2/14/2016 8:05:00 PM)


    The bird wants to fly high in the turquoise sky, but his wings are tied. Hope one day he will be untied. (Report) Reply

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  • Akhtar Jawad (1/15/2016 10:15:00 PM)


    A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015) Nominated for Oscars.
    More than a 1000 women are killed in the name of 'honor' in Pakistan every year. A Girl in the River: The price of forgiveness follows the story of a rare survivor who falls in love and lives to tell the tale.Director: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
    Whenever a truth is spoken in Pakistan, the foolish extremists and the radicals start saying, it’s a conspiracy to disgrace Pakistan.
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  • Nosheen Irfan (1/13/2016 7:19:00 AM)


    That's what so many of women have to go through. Freedom is everyone's inherent right. But often in the name of customs and traditions, a woman's happiness is sacrificed. Wonderful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (1/13/2016 2:56:00 AM)


    For the sake of norms, one's life shouldn't be sacrificed! All laws and norms are for the well being of man and if they pose problems and hinder movement, flout the norms! A bird longing to fly should be let loose into the wider skies, as long as it can choose its own course! I can discern the sense of melancholy in these lines!

    Welcome back Shahzia........ A rebirth is always possible!
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (1/13/2016 1:17:00 AM)


    Yes! Her flight is checked. Nice work. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, January 13, 2016



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