Bow Down

Bow down in obeisance- shoulders drooping, spirits dissipating,

brows tense,

Sense of self meanders like someone searching his way out of a maze,

pushed against a fence. Zig Zag, Zig Zag…

Society’s grisly gaze pierces through her making her gag.

Smile– never sardonic but a generous grin,

Be a ‘good girl’.

Lashing out undeterred is a blasphemy- a sin.

Surrender-you must, your happiness comes last,

A woman is defined by her sacrifices,

Not her sincere intentions or how she has been steadfast.

Pretend-at every step of the way,

It is not terribly taxing to put up a face,

A dainty doll, you must obey.

Reminisce– more than you like to admit,

Of times gone by,

The old tape’s black curls turn and rewind, and you sigh.

There standing in a green garbed land is a little girl,

Untarnished, unscathed and unburdened

by the world’s sinister snarl.

Rewind– travel back to the summery sojourn,

When you could be yourself,

And when your journey had just begun.

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First Published on : ArtoonsInn

Image: Pexels

About Meha Sharma

Dreamer,Writer,Mother,Fauji wife...all while striving to overcome something called 'Procrastination' :) I dabble in writing and write for @huffpostindia, @womensweb , @mycity4kids. I worked as a Business Analyst in an elite IT firm and as a professor in management colleges. Having earned an MBA degree in Human Resource Management and an MA degree in English Literature, I now pass on my wisdom to management students. To keep my sanity while striving to be a 'decent' mom to my ever inquisitive daughter, I tell myself, what Winnie the Pooh says,"My favourite day is today" :)
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