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A Scythe in Hand

Updated on February 14, 2020
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Harish Mamgain is fond of the craft of writing. He loves poetry.

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Woman With A Scythe

With this sharp scythe in her hand,
Mow down him, this beast of a man.

Or to vanish from his awful sight,
And go still on Gangaji's waters.

Finish him off and think her to live,
For a woman even gods come not.

Take that wee end of her saree off,
No less a sin even in the sultry wind.

How dare she show her bosom like,
To the world when he be her master.

Never a soul saw her in the field,
The guy kicked and kicked her on.

Not a word did he want enter his ear,
Like a mad bull, wounded her whole.

Even the grass wept she just scythed,
And the trees shed leaves one by one.

To be born a woman a curse indeed,
Like cattle her life ever tied to a pole.

She thought and the man kept hitting,
And then a last thought hit her hard.

Never to suffer wound any more now,
She bid goodbye to her scythe in hand.

How many times had she worshipped,
Mother Ganga softly stroked her soul !


© Harish Mamgain


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    • Harishprasad profile imageAUTHOR

      Harish Mamgain 

      4 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Thank you , Ann.

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      That makes it even more powerful. Well done!

      Ann

    • Harishprasad profile imageAUTHOR

      Harish Mamgain 

      4 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Ann, pleased to have your presence here. Thanks for coming by and offering such kind comments. This is a real life story my mother told me when I was very young.

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      A poignant, powerful poem!

      Ann

    • Harishprasad profile imageAUTHOR

      Harish Mamgain 

      5 years ago from New Delhi , India

      My dear brother, this world is as kind as it is cruel. The Absolute has made it this way. Don't know why, but for some people, life is like a never ending suffering. Thanks for your kind visit and appreciating this stuff.

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      manatita44 

      5 years ago from london

      Yes, so tough on some women. I try to colour them with Love, beauty, fortitude...sacrifice, but the journey can be very trying. Om Shanti!

    • Harishprasad profile imageAUTHOR

      Harish Mamgain 

      5 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Thank you, Dana for your insightful comments. My mother used to tell such real life stories. At a tender age, I was not aware of the pain and agony undergone by those women, but now I feel all that with a tinge of great anguish. How men could have treated them in such a barbaric way. Though society has changed a lot, but vestige of barbarism still exists in men's attitude.

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      Dana Tate 

      5 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Sometimes we just have to be reminded that even in this day and age, in some parts of the world, women are still seen as inferior. The women who brings life to all man-kind should be revered I could never understand how a race that comes from women can treat women with such disdain. Very compassionate hub.

    • Harishprasad profile imageAUTHOR

      Harish Mamgain 

      5 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Thank you Devika. Women contribute her vital toward the betterment of family and society, but the old mindset ingrained in men doesn't allow them to treat the women as equals. This is a great malady of ancient times and still exists in some form or the other.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Women with such energy and so much to handle. I would say that lifestyle is taken for granted ad ignored by many other individuals. I Tweeted!

    • Harishprasad profile imageAUTHOR

      Harish Mamgain 

      5 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Thank you, Venkatachari M. It's the rancid part of existence of women, and we get to hear gory happenings around them even today, that compels us to stop and think about it. You are such a constant supporter, I appreciate you expressing such sympathetic feelings toward women undergoing inhuman treatment in our society.

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      Venkatachari M 

      5 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Too much shaking to my whole heart. It is such a miserable condition of women which can not be denied. Thanks for expressing your concern on this dark side of life.

    • Harishprasad profile imageAUTHOR

      Harish Mamgain 

      5 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Such a significant chunk of society comprising of women folk have suffered so much. Still in some parts, their plight is miserable. This is a bit of that agony that goes unnoticed, but this is like some mundane thing in a world, preoccupied with so many other things. Thank you Eric, you read it with compassion.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Carried me away. Thank you

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