No happily ever after…

In response to the prompts at OctPoWriMo Day 16 and 3 Word Wednesday, and for UBC Day 16.


once upon a time,
they did fall in love,
a queen and a king;
they became one,
and one fine night,
gifted me my wings.

in her care, I grew,
day and six months,
from all, still unseen;
I heard her songs,
she sung just to me,
so happy I had been.

then one fine day,
those songs stopped,
intense words came;
his voice was high,
her voice unheard,
was I only to blame?

I felt him push her,
and hard she did fall,
fell on me and cried;
she knew it then,
with that hard push,
her princess had died.

no happily ever after,
that story left to rot,
for what fault of mine?
had I been a prince
would dad have smiled,
let me live months nine?


I didn’t know there was a “Blog Action Day”. I read a post from Rekha today morning and she had written on this year’s theme, Inequality, and the plight of the girl child. It got me thinking on an issue that is still prevalent in parts of the country. Female foeticide, the act of aborting a child because it is female. Feels really unfair, doesn’t it? To kill a life because of the gender. So many such life stories go unheard. Time we raised our voice to give these stories a happily ever after, isn’t it?

(16th Oct 2014)


Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

28 thoughts on “No happily ever after…”

  1. Sad indeed that even today this is the truth in so many families. šŸ™
    But then there are those families who yearn for a girl child… I personally know so many of them and that makes me believe that good still exists šŸ™‚
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  2. Having seen and heard of real life experiences, this life seems so precious. Grateful to have born in a family which doesn’t engage in inequality. Grateful for a husband who wants me to be a part of all life’s decisions. Your poem literally brought tears to my eyes for all those voices that went unheard. Hope to see a positive change with more and more people from our generation coming together to bridge the gap.
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  3. It happens in every strata of society this discrimination. And your words bring that out really well. I hope it ends soon, this practice. Every person is the same and has the potential, if given the chance – irrespective of whether they are a girl or boy. It is so simple yet, so difficult for most people to understand.
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    • Yes Jb, it happens in every strata perhaps, and I hope that it stops happening. It is not that they find it difficult to understand, it’s just that some beliefs are so deeply rooted, that they pass on from generation to generation too. Glad you liked the post.
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  4. The last question is a hard slap on the face of society. It is really sad to see people with hollow heart and mind, blindly following rituals with no logic. *Curse to this so called progressing nation*
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