Ropes Around Her Neck

A gem she was and she loved a man dearly,
Letters she wrote to him that she never sent
Because her parents had found her more worthy of another,
To their wishes she bent.
He was a man who wore the garb of God,
Urged the others to call out to Him every day.
A more righteous man lived not they said
The girl is so lucky, for all years they would say.
Nobody knew he was a wolf dressed like a sheep,
Kept her tied to her bedpost; balanced tables on her palms.
Bleed she did, but not a sound she made,
It was not her place to complain of her qualms.
When the children came, he spared not them either,
The daughter he defiled, the son he murdered.
The other son he turned against his mother,
He grew up hating her.
He became a priest like his father,
He called his mother a religious traitor
Buried her alive for that was fitting punishment,
Her last thought was how fortunate they had called her.
This poem is partially inspired from Tehmina Durrani’s book “Blasphemy“. It’s a poignant tale of how those whom the society considers holy and righteous can be really cruel behind the four walls of their homes. A must-read, this one!
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34 thoughts on “Ropes Around Her Neck

  1. Soumya April 21, 2014 / 9:53 AM

    This breaks my heart. And yet it is so beautiful! You are a master of tales πŸ™‚

    I am so so so glad to have chanced upon your blog.


  2. Cheryl April 21, 2014 / 2:43 PM

    Very powerful poem. Thanks for sharing.


  3. Prasanna Rao April 21, 2014 / 2:48 PM

    So powerfully written, my post for the day was on similar theme too…Not all stories end on a positive note. Sad but the truth 😦


  4. Sreesha Divakaran April 21, 2014 / 5:29 PM

    You're so brave if you lived through something like this! Thanks for reading.


  5. Sreesha Divakaran April 21, 2014 / 5:30 PM

    In all honesty, I don't believe we get a happy ending in life. A pessimist's view, but just my opinion.


  6. Aditi April 21, 2014 / 7:26 PM

    Felt so agitated as I read your verses because they hold such bitter truth!! Very powerful write! Loved it!


  7. Jolina Landicho April 22, 2014 / 11:16 AM

    Wow. makes me want to read the book. Hope I can grab a copy. haha.:P


  8. Sreesha Divakaran April 22, 2014 / 3:59 PM

    Yes, there are so many women out there who suffer silently.
    Thanks for reading!


  9. Sreesha Divakaran April 23, 2014 / 5:30 PM

    Well, as I wrote in (several) previous posts of mine – I highly doubt if such men ever get punished.


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