Let’s talk about oppression and subjugation

Let’s talk about suffering and grief

The curtailment of her basic human rights

Think of a woman who not only sustains abuse

But accepts, supports and stands up for it

A mere embodiment of the most powerful person —

her oppressor, her persecutor, the maltreater

Tainted with the same dark motives,

Ominous and foreboding, gloom and doom

Thrusting them back to their burrows

How far will she go to bring those down?

Who are struggling,

Who refused to give in,

who refused to be lessened and minimized


Will she cramp their style?

Her only qualification?

She could be worse

Let us talk about her persecution

Her emancipation

Her degradation

Published by Smita Ray

Smita Ray is the mother of two lovely kids and hails from northeastern India. Her perpetual displeasure arising from the hypocrisy in the society underneath the semblance of religion, culture as well as the conditioning for compliance urged her to put down the impressions in her mind. In her spare time, she likes to have some culinary adventures along with her kids trying new recipes or crafting. She describes herself as -- a soulmate, a life alighted on the earth catching the rhythm passing by her. A tinge of joy colours her world and lays its feet on the land where revellers are awaiting her to get into the groove.

7 thoughts on “sustainability

  1. That’s the worst of it, I guess. Women acting on behalf of the oppressors, thinking of all those impositions as their ornaments and forcing the younger ones into following and adhering by them. Beautiful poem, relevant thought. :))

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    1. Thank you so much, Sundaram. I appreciate your view. Yes, I have watched this inhumane, disgraceful and deplorable practice keep going on in society. More often than not such women seem to have the desire to control others lives like a parasite sucks life away from it’s host and thrust them into the dark tunnel of abuse rendering them helpless only to feel the sense of power. I have seen and experienced it. The more other person is in pain and difficulty, the more they enjoy and what is it that they enjoy after all? That they can give them their verdict despite their total lack of the ability to empathise or have gumption in order to help someone. Obviously, they are not running NGOs for women, not writing books, not having strong ideals but gossiping about who is right who is wrong and doing someone worst here thwarting and discouraging someone there. They might sound imbecilic but it’s always easy to stick to your old toxic pattern than think new thoughts, learn something new and putting it into practice. Thanks again for your valuable feedback. πŸ™


  2. Hi Smita
    There are so many platforms which vociferously advocate the cause of women emancipation but often they dry out as soon as backs are turned . What we require is to spread awareness among women who are exploited and give them strength and support to understand that they can overcome the challenges and succeed.πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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