Ashram

a poem based on the movie Water

After he died they took her to the Ashram and cut off all her hair

She was younger than the rest, whose eyes were glassy, dark and circled, and fought them like a tiger

Barely seven, she would bring them tea and rub their tired shoulders

They waited 'til she blossomed into womanhood beautiful, nubile, enchanting.

She would be taken to some dark and shadowy place and there violated again and again

The meager money she received would buy the food that kept them all barely alive

Then kindness stole her away from the filth and degradation

Safely in the night she was transported to a better place. Thank God

Who knows what residual demons now live within her head to haunt her for the rest of her bittersweet life.

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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

This is beautiful, alek. So sad and so lyrical. Is it your tribute to the Indian widows as in the film "Water", or something more universal?


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk

Beautifully written. The fate of so many young girls...but hopefully an 'ashram' will be waiting for them to escape to. Thank you for this lovely poem!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

This was hauntingly beautiful yet tragic all the same. Thank you, Alekhouse for writing and sharing this.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

@ greenlotus: yes it is. I had a very strong reaction to that movie. I must have dreamed about it last night, cause I woke up this morning with it flashing through my mind and had to write about it.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

@myownworld: Yes, we'll hope it's a healthy one, because this one was not.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

@dohn121: Thanks to you for the nice comments. Funny you mentioned "haunting", because I have been haunted by this ever since I saw the movie.


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Beautiful and, for one perhaps who has not seen the movie, rather mysterious.

Love and peace

Tony


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Glad you enjoyed it, Tony. Thanks for the comments.


nothingprofound 6 years ago

So sad. My wife and I saw Water over a year ago and still talk about it. It made an indelible impression as did the other two films in the trilogy. Wouldn't it be wonderful to wake up one morning and discover that all these atrocities had disappeared from the earth forever.


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

There is beauty in this world and yet there are also so many horrors, and sometimes it makes me sad. May our planet evolve to such a level that as nothingpround mentioned, these atrocities disappeared from our planet forever.

I am thinking how a short essay, can say so much! You accomplished this with your writing.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

@nothprofd: I didn't see the other two films in the trilogy. Water was hard for me to watch, but I really wanted to see it for myself. I pray every day that this sort of treatment, which continues to go on all over the world, will one day end,


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

@Violetsun:Thank you for the heart felt comments. This piece is actually a poem, that is why it was short. If it had been an essay, I probably would have made it a lot longer with more in depth explanation of the movie. Try reading it as poetry; it does actually scan.


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amulets 6 years ago from Singapore

They are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing the story behind the movie.


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Alexhouse: I thought it was a short essay, read it again as a poem, and yes, it does come through as a poem. The message is still haunting.


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

Poignant and heart-rending - I think you've captured the helplessness in the film so well. I'm so ashamed to admit that these practices still go on despite the drive against them. Education is the only answer to stifle these age-old horrifying traditions.

Thank you for a beautifully written poem.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

@ amulets: I appreciate your comments. Glad you enjoyed the poem.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

@Violetsun:Thanks for going back and taking another look. Glad you liked it second time around.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

@Sahlini: Thanks for your supportive comments. I too hope that within time, disgraceful practices like this and similar, found in countries all over the world, will stop.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Beautifully written and heart grabbing. There are so many things that need to be brought into the light. Thanks Alekhouse.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

You are very welcome. Glad you could relate to this on-going problem.


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Cris A 6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

It is sad to know that stories like this, and many of them unheard, seem to have no end. Sigh. Thanks for sharing this reminder that cruelty and greed exist.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

You're welcome, Cris and thanks for coming by and commenting


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rosecobra 6 years ago

Alek this was beautiful. It makes me want to see the movie. I had never heard of it before.


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

This sounds like a very sad movie, but I would be interested in watching it. I prefer movies that show a range of emotions.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

it is a sad movie, but eye-opening. The acting is wonderful and they certainly portray a wide rage of emotion.


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Sara Tonyn 6 years ago from Ohio, the Buckeye State

If the movie is as powerful as your poem, it will be well worth my time to see it. Great hub; your poem is very moving.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Thanks, Sara. I appreciate your comments it's a great movie. Netflix has it. It's a Trilogy


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A.I.D.Y 6 years ago from Current

Fantastic movie! The poem describes it beautifully. I adore the poet in you!


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

What a nice thing to say, aidy. I adore the poet in you too. Guess we'll just have to start a mutual admiration society. I'm going to write up a review of the movie. I think you'll enjoy it.


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Moulik Mistry 6 years ago from Burdwan, West Bengal, India

I have not watched the but your poetry is simply fantastic...


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Thanks so much. Glad you enjoyed it.


Mehrnaz 6 years ago

I have not seen this movie,but I am glad that you shared it with us.

I enjoyed your Poem. Thanks.


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akhimamun 6 years ago from UK

Beautiful poem.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Thanks for comment and thankd for becoming a fan.

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