Girl child is an angel
And like other modern angels
Born in a skeptical age!
The commercial culture gleefully
Markets the winged species in the malls/outlets
And promotes a belief in their benign existence
For humanity suffering many ills
But miserably fails to see a real one in the slum
Tending to siblings as a substitute mother
Or a brick kiln working for the family bread!
As a tiny flower blooming in the dusty backyard
The girl child stands the danger of being
Trampled underneath the prancing feet.
Earlier homes were safe for the trusting child
With wide eyes and smile beatific
But now such middle-class homes also harbor
Dirty family secrets and muted cries and threats;
More shockingly, media society, such dark tales of incest
And the violations of a young mind/body by her own kinsmen
Once taboo, now no longer disturb a jaded collective conscience
Dismissed as another story of violence on the powerless!
A Happy International Day of Girl Child!