How can I forget?

How can I forget the rustic scent

Of the village where I was born?

Having known sufferings of epic proportion,

How can I forget the trenchant images

Of resistance, revolt, poverty and defeat?

Epicist of the female experience,

I still remember the musical flow

Of voices and counter voices

Echoing along the long corridors

While my mother’s scourging authority

Would uphold the dignity of our downtrodden fate.

With fearless love for Truth

Which still exerts a far-reaching influence

On my life and especially my writing,

I walk the path alone with no sense

Of insecurity, fear of old age or death.

How can I forget the pangs of hunger,

The dry throat, the family tragedies,

The mind’s clamor that could not be stilled

From worrying about anything and everything

At one and the same time.

I never knew how strong I was

Until being strong was the only choice I had.

The child that I was, I became strong.

I learned that if life is amazing, she won’t be easy

And if she is easy, she won’t be amazing.

pramila khadun

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About pramilakhadun

I am the holder of a Bsc degree in Food and Nutrition from S.N.D.T University,Pune,India.Have taught this subject in a private institution for almost thirty-five years.Currently, I am retired and travel alot with my husband Raj, daughters Dr Rajnee and Priyum and son Airline Captain.Had my first book of poetry published by Minerva press, London and other two in Mauritius.More coming soon.I love poetry and enjoy reading poems of poets across the world and I feel Destiny Poets is the right place for me.

6 thoughts on “How can I forget?

  1. Suma K Gopal

    A beautiful narrative recapturing the past, focusing on mental afflictions and heartache nostalgia brings, with a positive ending as to how narrator derives immense strength to survive from experience…

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