Stop Not These Tears… Poem by indira babbellapati

Stop Not These Tears…

Rating: 4.9


do we have the right
to be called human
just because we know
how to conceal our nudity?

do we have the right
to be called human
just because we can
translate our gibberish
thoughts into meaningful(?) words?

do we have the right
to be called human
just because we mastered
the art of standing(?) on two legs?

whoever named this natural
instinct all living organisms share
as love?

how misplaced is the emotion!
how misinterpreted is the emotion!

is it love if it craves so much bloodshed?
is it love if it doesn’t allow a young girl
her freedom to grow?

is there no way the young girl
of today be saved from the brutal
clutches of ‘love? ’

to call these brutes animals
would make the animals rebel
animals don’t know how to
muddle themselves and kill their own
in the name of ‘love’

o, god i humbly pray to you
please, please save this species
from ‘love’

o, god
save our young girls from
the maniacs on rampage
in the name of ‘love’

lacerated young bodies
acid hurled faces
no longer can i see

no longer can i stand
witness to a young girl’s
body axed and shredded
to innumerable pieces

o, god
please save us
pleaser save us
please…plea…se!


Attacking young school and college going girls with acid or axe or knife has become the order of the day. Yesterday was another incident where the maniac barged into the house and killed the parents on the spot and axed the girl for she refused his advances, in a small town- Rajahmundy in Andhra Pradesh, India. Each of these words are borne of my tears and flowed as tears…which proclaimed that there’s still something of human left in me…I don’t want to wipe these tears. It’s the way I pay for my guilt at standing a passive witness…let them flow…n fl…ow…and cleanse me and if they have the power, the world too!

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Onelia Avelar 02 October 2009

It seems as a poem provoked by a local problem but it is far from this and much more than this - it is an appeal for humanity... in verses, emotional and poignant...

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Bamisaye Adeniran 02 October 2009

Wonderful... keep it up...

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Anand Madhukar 06 October 2009

This write raises some very pertinent questions which need to be pondered. A good, thought provoking and concerned poem.

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Vjms Raju 07 October 2009

The poem 'stop not these tears' really thought provoking, heart touching.in simple words, in very understandable manner even to those who have little exposer to English language. Really very good emotional, thoughtful questionnaire.

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Beauty Philosophy 24 December 2009

A nice poem putting in question important conceptions and misbehaviours...

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Deep Paul 31 March 2018

Really thought provoking.Good Work.

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Very Pathetic situation Indira garu! All language movies made 'love' sacred and it has become worse than HIV virus and spreading all over the world. Moving poem. Thanks.

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Venkata Lakshmi Narasimharao 19 December 2015

It depicts the present society in its true colours.It is not love but it is lunacy.A highly thought provoking poem

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Kim Barney 23 March 2015

Whoa! Such behavior cannot be tolerated! I hope they sentenced him to be chopped up into little pieces.

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Stephan O''Rielly 23 June 2014

As the infant learns every nuance and inflection in the spoken dialect of their parents, so too do they learn the cultural behaviours, to perfection, and it becomes their reality. in one land of peoples, nude beaches are the norm, in another, the woman is entirely covered except for slits for the eyes, and if a man so much as sees a bare arm, he is deeply affected. In some land, a woman who marrys against her fathers wishes, is subject to stoning. Once, in California, road rage was all the rage. It is like the birds, who when one of them discovered how to peck the coverings off of milk jars delivered to homes, it caught on like wildfire amongst the other birds. And so the rejected male, has learned this behavior to release his pain of rejection. Who is to blame? Has society been altered, where the tradition of parental involvement in finding matches has been abandoned, to leave the youth to their own resources in finding a partner? It is easy to express outrage, but a solution may need some study of uncomfortable details.

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indira babbellapati

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visakhapatnam, india
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