The watcher

You stand in a corner
Where light hesitates to enter
Playing with your tresses.
You watch the well matured throng
Not far away from you
Their actions,their shouts
Wondering why they are so much concerned.
Yes,they are taking decisions
As with whom you should live
Yes,they are planning your tomorrow
As how you should spend it.
And you observe from the gallery
When someone else decide for you
And you accept what they tie on you
To carry it with you forever.

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About Fathima Manal

Dreams,fantasies,words and rhythm-other than skin,bones and muscles I am made up of these.With every drop of blood that my heart pumps,a new dream forms in me.With every breathe,i take the surroundings too inside me.And my poems are just the minute regurgitants of what i accumulate within. I am a doctor from Kerala,India,who should not be supposed to but is in deeply love with words and books more than medical books.Hope you enjoy my poems......

9 thoughts on “The watcher

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    My first thoughts after reading , ” The watcher ” , were regarding the inspiration behind the poem and the choice of subject matter. Am I correct in assuming it is about a child bride ?

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  2. fathima manal

    Thanks Louis.Its true about a child bride but I meant situation of every Indian girl.No Indian girl take decision about her own life.till her death ,all steps of her life are planned and decided by others.

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  3. Louis Kasatkin

    Destiny Poets’ International Community of Poets ( ICOP ) are pleased to announce that for May 2013 , the following works have been chosen in the categories of Poem of the Month and Highly Commended . ** Poem of the Month **…” Kaviguru Rabindranath Tagore ” by Ampat Koshy……..* Highly Commended (12 ) (tabulated alphabetically) *…” Changelings ” by Gina McKnight…” Divine Drops ” by Soumya Mohanty Vilekar…” Drowning the Dialogues ” by Sangeeta Suneja…” For Jim ” by Rashmi Malapur…” Gardenias ” by Brett Kelly…” Lingering Echo ” by Elizabeth Castillo…” My choice ” by Jan Christian Sorensen…” My Utopian Child ” by Nalini Srivastava…” Pangs of Creativity ” by Tapeshwar Prasad…” The Watcher ” by Fathima Manal…” Without an ‘if’ ” by Iulia Gherghei…” Yellow Flowers ” by Rahul Aithal…

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  4. Mohammad ashraf

    The poet does not advise,for that is the job of social reformers.the poet,if he be a real poet,only explains.His work is only the enlargement of sensibility.AND here too,as in other poems,you are the poet par excellence! We find neither approval nor depreciation for the feminine folk,although there is an unsaid regret for their lot. . .women ,especially in east,have been always defined in relative terms;in relation to the dominant man. . They have been deprived of their absolute existence in itself…Although the times are changing now,yet the patriarchy still is in its full swing. . .and the culprits of this falsification are books,movies,media,myths,or what is gathered by the popular imagination. . .it is,however, the job of moral philosophers to rectify the oceanic blunder. . .the poet,as you, is more concerned with the aesthetic part of life…the way you have entered into the labyrinth of an oppressed female child and narrated the pitiable story from her point of view,is remarkable! Close Observation of the typical scene universalises the feminine predicament. . .the female child,sitting aloof from those in power. . playing with her tresses. .half concious of what is done to her. .is really poignant. . .the dark corner where no light enters is a marvellous visual image symbolising the metaphorical quagmire ,the woman has been put into.. .but yet the light is seen in surroundings,suggests that we can still hope against hopelessness. . .all is not lost!

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