Infant’s Prayer


The world is in a combat mode, mother.
They want to destroy me by some means or other.
But I fail to understand, why they want to kill?
Why is it that they bear such ill will?
What crime did I commit, what is my sin?
Why do they oppose me? What do they mean?
It’s not in my hand that I am born a girl.
How can they be so callous and brutal?
Please Ma… do answer me.
It is better that the slayer be thee.
I thought that the world was a place divine,
But they want to snuff out this frail life of mine.
Tell them I’m no threat as I am too weak.
You are my protector Ma… your help I seek.
You’re helpless, I know Ma…there’s nothing you can do.
I cry out, dear Ma…for I’m helpless too.
No friends I have, but only foes, who’re out to kill me.
So my Ma…it’s better that the slayer be thee.
Ma…at heart, I do cherish my life
And I wish to be born free and only to survive.
I wish to see colours change with season.
I pray that all men see enough reason.
I desire to earn praise, honour and acclaim.
I desire to be a girl, not one to bring you shame.
But if my birth is shameful for thee,
Ma…It’s better for you to kill me.
Discriminate not, I beg of you.
Pray don’t be cruel and shun me too.
I don’t wish you misery and to give you bad name
If bearing me and rearing me, brings about shame.
So I cry and request you so humbly
Ma… It’s better for you to kill me.
Ma…by being a girl I’ve learnt a hard lesson,
That the world is my rival without rhyme or reason.
so, sadly, with heavy heart I go back to Heaven.
I love you and will miss you Ma…you were my haven.
Ma…dear Ma…I can’t bear such cruelty.
So Ma… It’s better for you to kill me.

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About farah siddiqui

Farah Siddiqui Matin, a Ph.D from the university of Allahabad is a poetess of her own choice. She is born and brought up in Allahabad and currently residing in Ireland with her Scientist hubby Shafique Matin. She started composing poems from January 2014 and published her first book “The Bliss of Solitude” in May 2014(a collection of 50 poems). Second Book “Like I Born in Venus” was inaugurated in 2015 that has 70 poems, beside this she has 15 anthologies and numerous poems in International and National offlne/online magazine. She has been also awarded “The Best Poetess Debut Award” in 2015. She has also nominated and honoured among 100 famous women in Jaipur, India 2016. She has also interviewed in national television in India. Farah has got published her poems in the very famous International American Magazine “Life and Legends” and famous French magazine “Levure Litteraire” in 2015.

2 thoughts on “Infant’s Prayer

  1. VijayNair

    A moving literary work exposing the suppression, suffering,and despair of women in a gender-biased,patriarchal society.


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