LiteraturePoem

AND I STILL TRUST MEN!

I am 6 months old
In my mother’s lap
Who has some scars on her back
Since the first night of my birth
She wants to protect me
From my father
My father who wants
A son…
AND I STILL TRUST MEN!

It’s the roof of
One of my neighbors
His hands are on my thigh
Nearing inch by inch
He only invited me
So I can see around the new house
I’ve just turned 4
It’s called child abuse
I do not know
AND I STILL TRUST MEN!

I’ve managed to live
3 years more
Reaching my school principal’s office
Who holds my shoulders in his hands to appreciate me
He tells me he’s proud of me
I don’t think he’s proud of his
Daughter too
AND I STILL TRUST MEN!

I grow up to watch my uncle
Doing things I don’t like
With my sister
I stay silent for daddy
Does the same
When he sleeps with me
At nights
AND I STILL TRUST MEN!

He was the guy I fell
In love with
And thought will always stay the same
Until he blackmails me with my pictures
My teenage years are lost in tortures
AND I STILL TRUST MEN!

I’ve strived myself alive
To college years
To meet a teacher
Who sounds to be a torn too
I find in him a best friend
But soon I know
His relation with my friend
One girl he left
And 3 other girls he wanted to convince to be his… including me
Who confused flirt with emotional talks
AND I STILL TRUST MEN!

Graduation means a freedom to me
I want to take a sigh of relief
But
My mother gets me married
To a handsome, stable
And a decent looking boy
Who turns out to be an alcoholic
On our first wedding night
My life will now
Stay the ruin
AND I STILL TRUST MEN!

…….
In the hospital room
My husband hands me our first child
He’s glad that it isn’t a girl
So am I
At not having a girl
But am niether happy
At having a son…….

I AM TOO TIRED TO TRUST MEN!!!

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Shiveshwaar Pandey

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