poet Dr. Geeta Radhakrishna Menon

Dr. Geeta Radhakrishna Menon

Woman 1 - What Can I Do For Chandini?

What can I do for Chandini?
What can I do
To bring a chirpy gleam into the tired sunken eyes?
What can I do
To bring a smile on her dried up parched lips?
What can I do
To ease the crease that has become a design on her forehead?
What can I do
To brighten up Chandini's countenance with a hearty laugh?

When the birds sing in chorus in the early hours of dawn,
Chandini has no time to listen to the sweet twitter tee,
She walks swiftly with pots on her head,
For water!She must fetch from a far off well.
As she walks back, she is reminded of another chore,
A trip on foot to collect wood in the forest!
Chandini rushes back carrying a bundle of dried twigs
To cook food for her entire family!

How can she aspire for a little time,
Just to sit, relax, or stretch her aching legs,
To stare at the trees and admire their leaves;
She has to sweep, swab, dust her house,
Wash clothes and utensils,
So on it continues! The never ending chores!
No siesta or respite from work,
It is only work and work from dawn to dusk!

What can I do
To remind Chandini of her personal wants and aspirations?
What can I do
To make Chandini realise that life is much more than chopping vegetables?
What can I do
To tell Chandini that she is born not just to serve but to be served as well?
What can I do
To point out that Chandini too is entitled to little celebrations ofwomanhood! !

Topic(s) of this poem: woman, womanhood

Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Poem Edited: Wednesday, June 3, 2020

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem is related to Indian women who live in the rural areas of India.For these women who live in the remote villages or tribal areas, International day for women is of no significance. For them every day of their life is of similar routine.
Chandini is the name of an Indian tribal woman and this is the theme of her daily life.
This is the picture of a Kerala woman who has to work in the fields from dawn to dusk to feed and educate her children. A hard working rural woman.
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Comments about Woman 1 - What Can I Do For Chandini? by Dr. Geeta Radhakrishna Menon

  • Dr Dillip K SwainDr Dillip K Swain (11/13/2020 7:25:00 AM)

    How can she aspire for a little time/Just to sit, relax, or stretch her aching legs/To stare at the trees and admire their leaves/She has to sweep, swab, dust her house/Wash clothes and utensils....but she leads a life of happiness and peace despite her poverty! I examine this poem from this angle this time! A great poem.

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (11/2/2020 6:34:00 AM)

    When the birds sing in chorus in the early hours of dawn,
    Chandini has no time to listen to the sweet twitter tee,
    She walks swiftly with pots on her head,
    For water! She must fetch from a far off well.
    What can i do for chandini. this question
    should reverberate in the hearts and ears
    of all those rich people.......... thank you for this dear poem.
    my heart cries with the poor. tony

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (10/8/2020 3:31:00 AM)

    I saw the picture accompanying your compassionate poem and all of a sudden another picture came to my mind.....a new age woman holding a child by hand and keeping an eye on other one sitting in the grocery cart.....trying to get her shopping done. This is only one of her chore while million others wait for her from dawn to night. With out being judge mental an exchange of time, place and circumstances taking place in my mind.

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  • bri edwards (8/20/2020 10:24:00 PM)

    Well, being an American male, i can suggest these solutions to Chandini:

    " For a little time,
    Just to sit, relax, or stretch her aching legs, " ....WORK FASTER! !

    AND if she wishes " to stare at the trees and admire their leaves" , she can work either FASTER..or she can " stare" and " admire" as she is picking fruit in the forest.

    (i'm [sort of] joking)

    (cont.)

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  • Bri EdwardsBri Edwards (8/20/2020 10:22:00 PM)

    Well, being an American male, i can suggest these solutions to Chandini:

    " For a little time,
    Just to sit, relax, or stretch her aching legs, " ....WORK FASTER! !

    AND if she wishes " to stare at the trees and admire their leaves" , she can work either FASTER..or she can " stare" and " admire" as she is picking fruit in the forest.

    (i'm [sort of] joking)

    (cont.)

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  • Nandini Krishna (8/1/2020 3:44:00 AM)

    Speaks of your thoughts and concern for Women at large. The poem clearly empathises. It also rang a bell for me of our everyday maids in the city who run from one household to another, caring little often about having a simple meal on time. For they know another woman of the house depends on their extra par of hands. Congratulations for this making it to Poem of the day!

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  • Renuka Menon (7/22/2020 6:39:00 AM)

    wonderful

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  • Gayatri Acharya (7/21/2020 8:57:00 AM)

    How can she? isnt that the question this society has for most women. Well Im glad that you are my mentor mam, having the potency to break the stereotypical image of a women. this poem will touch the right chord in everyone's heart. And the best part is this poem is dedicated from one women to another women. So proud to be learning from u mam. let us all attempt to change the question from How can she? to Why Can't she?

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  • Yoonoos Peerbocus (7/21/2020 3:35:00 AM)

    chandini.....etimologically from MOON..........is an apt poetic correlative for the underpinned message.....aspiring for a little time to...........others just waste kicking legs.....she is under the yoke of CHORE wonderful by any definition

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  • Suniti (7/21/2020 2:46:00 AM)

    This is so simply put that it brings out the emotion so beautifully. Lovely poem Ma’am

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  • Manasi Pankaj S.R (7/21/2020 12:13:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem ma’am .... 💞

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  • Sandra Feldman (7/20/2020 11:10:00 PM)

    Such a precious, charitably understanding and beautiful, Poem
    So filled with thoughts and feelings of human kindness! How considerate and wonderful of you to have written such a touching piece to make us realize the pain and unhappiness of so many women, still abused and mistreated today! May you be blessed for your wonderful piety and poetry.

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  • Dr Dillip K SwainDr Dillip K Swain (7/20/2020 11:04:00 PM)

    Once again, i congratulate you dear madam for this great poem being featured as Poem of the Day!

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  • Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (7/20/2020 10:47:00 PM)

    A great tribute to Indian women hailing from countryside so uniquely presented...10+++

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  • Akhtar Jawad (7/20/2020 9:12:00 PM)

    Congrats! I have already commented on this touching poem.

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  • Bill CantrellBill Cantrell (7/20/2020 8:34:00 PM)

    Marvelous poetry, the plight of chandini, full marks for great poem!

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  • Rose Marie Juan-austinRose Marie Juan-austin (7/20/2020 5:12:00 PM)

    A wonderful, thoughtful and powerful poem on Women.
    Beautiful write woven from the pen full of empathy and kindness..
    I am delighted to see this poem as POD.
    I have gone through with it and still the meaningful message
    imbued in this write provokes the mind and touches the heart.
    A well crafted , meaningful and insightful write.
    Congratulations, Dr. Geeta for a well deserved accolade.

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (7/20/2020 5:05:00 PM)

    You have perfectly captured the rural life of woman. A mother who beholds womanhood and motherhood both has greater responsibilities for her children, family and society. A lady should be empowered always. A mother is ever needed. This is a great poem excellently penned that draws emotion and attention of readers. A perfect poem is chosen as the poem of the day! This needs full vote! CONGRATULATIONS!

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  • Dear Soul Mate (7/20/2020 2:20:00 PM)

    A wonderful poem about a woman hardship, she could be anywhere.

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  • Kostas LagosKostas Lagos (7/20/2020 10:59:00 AM)

    Congratulations once again Geeta!

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