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Poem: For she had come out openly, to declare her metamorphosis. From her male to a female form. Yes, she was a transgender, and proud for, making her chosen transform. She was looked down upon, Heard baseless assumptions, and was the butt of various jokes.
She was demeaned,
For her chosen sexuality.
She knew that it was her fate,
To be mocked or laughed at,
By this herd mentality.
For she had come out openly,
To declare her metamorphosis,
From her male to a female form.
Yes, she was a transgender,
And proud for,
Making her chosen transform.
She was looked down upon,
Heard baseless assumptions,
And was the butt of various jokes.
She faced queries like,
“Are you normal?”
“How do you do ‘that’?
From insensitive, jeering folks.
Her friends, playmates, colleagues from work,
Now watch her,
With narrow, suspicious eyes.
The whole neighbourhood,
Declared her in unison,
An evil witch with ominous ties.
Even her loved ones,
Had chosen to banish her,
After hearing her, ‘season of change’.
Her parents angrily ordered her,
To leave the house,
For embracing an idea so strange!
But she had known from her little life,
That nothing lasts forever,
Not even the scornful boos of the crowd.
She had left it to time,
To heal her wounds,
And chose not to protest aloud.
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Indrani Chowdhury is an award winning modern Indian author whose works have been published in various national and international anthologies, magazines, and journals. Her own book 'Raining Drops of Rainbow Verses' got published by Notionpress read more...
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