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Our lives are a cycle of change, and this winning entry for the Muse of the Month contest chronicles it beautifully.
Our lives are a cycle of change, and this poem chronicles it beautifully.
One of the top 5 entries for December’s Muse of the Month writing theme, with the cue “It’s astonishing how we comment on change, as if change is something remarkable. On the contrary, not to change is unnatural, against nature.” from Shashi Deshpande’s That Long Silence.
The young sapling grew branch by branch
Shoot by shoot and leaf by leaf
She was a teen before long
Impulsive to show the world
What she could do
She rustled and whistled
Singing the tune
Of the changing seasons
In the season of love, she fell in love
Oh that feeling!
She wanted to show the world her love
So she grew a million flowers
Coloured herself golden and red
Her love bore fruit too
She was now a mother
Warmth in her eyes and care in her heart
As she covered her fruit
With leaves and skin
And held it close to her
With strong hands
The young fruit matured in her loving care
And grew heavier
The tree was old, yet a mother
With a heavy heart, she told her child
You are grown up now
I would have to let you go
Remember though that my soul
Will always be with you
As a part of you will be with me
Farewell, she said
So saying, she let go
The fruit, at a loss first
Grew thin and pale and lost its skin
It grappled and grovelled in the soil
Feeling the brunt of seasons
But she was strong
Her mother had taught her so
One day, she found her ground
And dug her roots
Seasons later, when the mother was very old
She saw, her fruit was now a budding shoot
Right next to her
Having changed quietly with the seasons
Ready to show the change to the world
It was but natural that she should do so.
Pic credit: Image of trees via Shutterstock.
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From all news reports, clearly, Aftab Poonawalla seems to be a psychopath, and It was a well-strategized story of domestic violence, abuse, subjugation, and a well-planned murder.
Trigger Warning: This deals with domestic violence, gaslighting, murder, and abetting violence, and may be triggering to survivors.
One case has gripped the nation and I do not need to mention which. My problem is with how the news reflects a victim’s character. The disrespect we show to someone who was long abused and lives no more is appalling. The disservice we do to her through spoken and written words lies in the sensationalizing of the entire case.
How do you spot a crazy human? They do not have two horns and red eyes. They may have no empathy but will show it to lure the victim, just like a child abuser lures a child with candy. Their grooming styles may vary but it is mostly about creating an untrue sense of safety and security around the victim. They present themselves as this effortless savior, an ultimate generous destination for a mentally and emotionally vulnerable person.
Fathers play a crucial role in nurturing and raising children, so why isn't paternity leave considered essential?
Some time ago, Bollywood couple Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt were in the news, yet again. An entertainment website, Bollywood Hungama, reported that the expectant father, Ranbir, wished to take paternity leave to spend time with his baby when it arrived.
The website claimed that the actor would not be signing new films for the time being. He would take care of the child, while his wife Alia would return to work at the earliest.
One would think the internet would laud this sweet and thoughtful gesture. Instead, Ranbir got trolled for his decision to be a stay-at-home dad. Netizens made fun of him; they claimed that it was because he had no offers in the pipeline, and Alia was far more successful than him. Others claimed that it was the right decision – his recent films (other than Brahmastra) had bombed, and it was time he reflected on his roles.
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