'Sacred Life' by Nalini Vipin
They told me thereafter
Oh! He owns you! A thing!
They said the bonding is sacred
Me…imprisoned by a ring!
I heard their suppressed laughter…
Brazen humor that caught my ear
Laden with sneers and sly gibes
Discomfit, it made me retch in fear.
The dense veil of darkness…that I dreaded
The touch…abrasive, crude, demeaning
Enduring the violence of his passion endless
Too naïve to revolt, I could only cringe and squirm.
They said its fine, for he gave you a title
A social standing, and a protected context
Why shall not be He your master and Lord
Free to command, torment, take and abuse.
Scarred and broken, my body in disgust
I cried in deep pain, at my wounded spirit…
Lying low till no more could I bear
My self-respect in shreds, I had to gather.
Then as the landslide, I hurdled over rocks
My seething anger, frothing, in all its might
Revenge in arms, fire in my eyes… destruction galore
Courage gathered…unknown and unseen!
As the snake in action, I descaled my fear
Packed my bags, awake, and reborn… again
Into that heaven of endless freedom, I treaded
My Mind, My Body, My Rules, My Life!