A daughter has to deal a lot.
Acquiescent, earnest and sensitive
She adheres to all social mores
Still treated as the ‘Other’.

Subjected to step-treatment
Dawns the realization
She is an ‘Outsider’

Wears and tears
For reciprocation!
It’s sheer illusion

It hurts, it pains
And is sickening.

She is the ‘Cindrella’
The ‘Cordelia’

By the time
Truth dawns
Reaches the dusk of life…
©Copyright Sangeeta Sharma

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About sangeeta sharma

Dr Sangeeta Sharma is head of the department of English at Birla College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Kalyan, affiliated to the University of Mumbai, India. She is widely published as a critic and poet. Besides that, she is a regular freelance for Mumbai-based national newspapers. Recently, she published a book In the Shadows: Women in Arthur Miller's Plays and co-edited Delightful Dickens: Some tributes with Sunil Sharma published by YKing Books, Jaipur. Many of her literary and critical articles have been anthologized. Currently, she is engaged in a UGC-sponsored Minor Research Project on the Structural, phonological, orthographical, grammatical and lexical differences in British and American English. Under Faculty Exchange Programme, she visited the University Department of English, Clayton State University, Morrow, Georgia, USA, in March-April 2012.

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