Colors

All the colors she’s living,
Black, tangerine & pink.
Is his majestic giving,
For as long as he lives.

Once death meets man,
She’s stripped of her hues.
Bangles taken off her hand,
She sings the lonely muse.

Pushing her into the fire,
They send her away to him.
Colorful bangles she admired,
Now pierce her naive skin.

With wrists covered in blood,
The fire wraps around her.
The death of a man she loved,
Becomes her ultimate curse.

-Nameera.


The practice of Sati was quite common in India till the British invasion.

Even though it was initially tolerated under the colonial rule, protesters like William Carey(Chritian missionaries) & Mohan Roy(Hindu Brahmin) led to a ban on this immoral practice where a woman, on the death of her husband would commit suicide by burning herself, whether she wanted to or not.

The red sindoor on her forehead and in the parting of her hair, one of the signs of marriage, is wiped clean. In some cases, all her jewellery is removed and her glass bangles are smashed. Other traditions, that are thankfully becoming less common, include shaving the widow’s head and giving her a ritual bath, after which she may be forbidden from wearing colourful sarees. She will only be allowed to wear white or pale colours.

_The Quint

Even though all or most of these practices are illegal now yet it’s not uncommon to hear about the prevalence of such rituals in rural areas.

Apparently with the death of a husband a woman loses all rights to live a colorful life.

-Nameera.

18 Comments

  1. Tokens Of Expression says:

    “All the colors she’s living,
    Black, tangerine & pink.
    Is his majestic giving,
    For as long as he lives”

    This is LOVELY❀
    Great poem😊

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Nameera says:

      Thank you so much πŸ˜€ Your comments mean A LOT to me!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. It’s all ashes in the end
    For a means we fail to comprehend.

    Superstitions got the better of us until reformers stepped in. Nice one.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Nameera says:

      So true. Yet age old superstitions still affect the backward regions of our country. Thank you!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. I have no words Nameera.
    Let me tell you not just for a fantastic poetry it is but the issue you took up.
    Applauds.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Nameera says:

      Thank you so so much!! I’m truly humbled by your appreciation. πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Yasmin says:

    πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Beautiful post Nameera 😊❀️. Your words fill up my mind with the exact picture πŸ˜‡. I loved it so much !!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Nameera says:

      I’m glad they do!! Thanks a lot for reading (:

      Liked by 1 person

      1. You are welcome 😊

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  6. Beautiful words😍😍!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Nameera says:

      Thank you so much!!

      Like

      1. πŸ€—πŸ€—

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  7. adeenawrites says:

    This is beautifully written and in such a touching way ❀

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Nameera says:

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you took the time out for reading πŸ˜€

      Like

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