Not her fault

Published: August 22, 2014
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I saw her eyes as she begged, I said forgive me and she left, I wondered what her life was like. PHOTO: AFP

I saw her eyes as she begged,

I said forgive me and she left,

I wondered what her life was like,

Why she begged, where she slept at night.

Because her feet were bare,

Her clothes were torn,

But was it her fault that she was born?

In a family that can’t give her,

All the things a child may want?

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Five-years-old when they came,

Broke her innocence, broke her to shame,

But why should she feel this way?

Was the pain not enough, and now the shredded name?

She was found somewhere in a ditch alone,

Her clothes were torn,

Her smile was gone.

But was it her fault that she was born?

In a world that gives men,

All the things a man could want?

Sonal Arshad Siraj

Sonal Arshad Siraj

A student of psychology and social sciences, who likes to eat and write in that order. She tweets @Sonal_arshad (twitter.com/Sonal_arshad?lang=en)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Prashant

    This is the sad reality of the subcontinent. We might be an ancient civilisation but not a great one until our children can live the life a child deserves to.Recommend

  • M.Hassan Abbasi

    Its a sad reality of this world and each your word portrayed the images in front of me..I like your poetry SOnalRecommend

  • Farhan

    First three lines are really powerful. Strong piece. Keep writing.Recommend

  • Indian

    Wonderful. Came back to read it ,a second time.Recommend

  • nadir

    beautiful and so so sad. especially the last line im a man and im saying that, amazing!Recommend

  • nimra

    Such powerful words.. its very depressing to even hear such a thing !
    Recommend

  • Praful R Shah

    We are ancient civilization with lot of baggage.
    We abuse our children, our girl child weather it is sister, daughter or mother.
    We commit unforgivable crimes which we should be ashamed of. I have seen my father
    abusing my mother when I was young. I was young and beaten up in process to
    save my mother. Unfortunately this baggage is carried to next generation as our
    children watch what our fathers did. Our children are wealth and should be
    protected. If we cannot treat them right, then we have no business to bring
    them in this world. It is responsibility of our society, whether it is our government
    or religious organization or clergy. It is major task for an individual but not
    for nation.Recommend

  • nayeem

    I am your fan :)Recommend

  • Sumera Pirzada

    A beautiful piece ..Recommend