Little feet that danced around

Was now to be tied with a man’s sound.

Dye on her hand and jewels that shone,

Ripped the brightness away from her bone.



Bangles and anklets gifted by the in laws

A game of dress-up, she probably thought it was.

Quietly she sat covered in glitter and gold

Just the way her daddy had told.


Mouth that sang and laughed like it should

Now said prayers that it barely understood

He sat beside her with a pre wedding glow

Ignoring the fact that she only reached his elbow.


Hands so small that bore the ring

She was told the thread was only a string

Her mother simply turned a blind eye

For she too was once told the same lie.


Written by : Subhiksha Senthil, First Year, Aeronautical Engineering.

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