Just a child
As rust sun spreads its tentacles lazily over the valley
a quivering haldi-ed hand caresses the deep red silk
(interspersed with filaments of gold and silver).
stone-ish hands squeeze my pinky fingers
as we draw seven circles around howling flames.
(do they know a secret I don’t?)
A vermillion oval tattoo stamped on my forehead:
My gift from the heavens?
(After all, it is my tenth birthday)
more surprises lurk in the shadows of starless sky
a crimson ridge for my cheek and an eye coloured black.
Today, I snuck in more visuals into my poetry and would really love to hear some feedback. Did it work for you or not? Poetry is blamed for being too abstract and not easily comprehensible. Did this piece create images for you? or did it hinder you from understanding what it is about? I would love to know your opinion whatever it is.
INSPIRATION/CAUSE FOR THE DAY: MONI BEGUM WHO HAS SUCCESSFULLY ELIMINATED CHILD MARRIAGES IN HER VILLAGE
Moni Begum, a 17-year-old girl from Mulaira village of Moulvibazar District, Bangladesh, saw her sister as well as her best friend undergo child marriages to older men. In both cases, the children underwent physical abuse and became unrecognizable versions of their previous selves. These incidents ignited the crusade by Moni Begum against child marriages in her village. If she heard of a marriage of a minor being fixed, she promptly landed up at their home to stop it! She used a mixture of techniques including providing required perspective: highlighting how this was detrimental to their girl, as well as how their child could flourish if money spent on her wedding was utilized for her education instead. In some cases, she also used the help of the law. With this consistent approach coupled with teaching the girls to say ‘NO’ when marriage is forced upon them, she has managed to stop child marriages completely in her village! Proactive, fearless, innovative girls like Moni Begum are the need of the hour in every corner of this world.
Read more about her campaigns and upcoming plans here.
For each letter this April, I shall be presenting a poem inspired by ‘something’ that is making our world a little bit kinder, a little bit greener. The ‘something’ is a mix of people, movements, thoughts, or organizations who are having a positive influence on the world around us. Read all the posts in ‘Poetry For A Cause’ series by linking the button below.