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Sleep continues to elude me, 
As I dread the arrival of nights. 
Will I ever be able to sleep peacefully? 
Or will my dreams haunt me with unpleasant sights? 

I keep seeing my dear deceased relatives. 
They seem to be calling out my name. 
I wish I could be on sedatives.
And forget my humiliation and shame. 

I learned a lesson very late. 
It's hard to please everyone. 
I have seen the cruel games of fate. 
It doesn't discriminate between a daughter and a son. 

When I finally lie down to sleep, 
Negative thoughts flood my mind. 
My heart suddenly begins to weep. 
My brain begs me to leave the past behind. 

Then my thoughts change their tracks. 
I think of human society instead. 
We should watch our backs. 
In a moment of recklessness, we might be dead. 

After her marriage, a woman should be kind and considerate. 
But what about her better half? 
Sacrificing her dreams for her family is her unwritten fate. 
She's tied to her family like a cow is to her calf.

A woman is society's sacrificial scapegoat. 
Similar is the position of a naive man. 
Societal obligation barely makes him stay afloat. 
His life is just like a trash can. 

A woman can shed tears to show her pain. 
But a man isn't allowed to cry. 
Tears aren't restricted to any gender again. 
Society adopts double standards. Why?

Crying is not a sign of weakness. 
A man has every right to shed his tears. 
He should get relief from the undue stress. 
Or he would end up his life due to his fears. 

That he might lose his dignity, 
If he shows up his emotions. 
I appeal earnestly to human society, 
To give up its ill-conceived notions. 


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5 thoughts on “POETIC THURSDAYS (57)

  1. Oh what a beautiful telltale poem, exposing society’s responsibility for it’s ills and dysfunctions. All too often we conform to such pressure society has imposed on our minds and spirits. Our sleepless nights depriving us of our much needed rest affects our health too. We can’t afford to allow these ill-conceived notions to take us out. 😑

    Thank you for sharing your poetic insight Aparna! Hugs and smooches my sweet friend. Enjoy the rest of your evening! πŸŒžπŸ’–πŸ˜˜πŸ₯‚πŸ€—


  2. Wow! Wonderful and touching poem, dear Aparna, thank’s for share.
    Have a lovely day full of all the things makes smile.
    I give like to your post, and don’t let me, i will return.


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