"Ammaa" Mother

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 How many hundreds of years of continuous weeping ?

Sorrows, Fears greater that of Death itself.

Stripping of one's esteem.

History reveals the many examples

And suspiciously airs "the dirty laundry".

"May the Earth tear apart !"this call a hundred times rents the air. [ Sita ]

Abandonment to the forest and

Trials by fire.

How many times have doors been shut and bolted ?

Corpses set on fire.

How often has she been disrobed in the Halls of Justice ? [ Draupadi ]

Many are the bodies that have been torched to death. [ bride-burning ]

Many are the times when she has been auctioned off. [ dowry ]

Will the pelting of stones never cease ?

How conveniently she has been forgotten and rejected . [ Shakuntala ]

Dejected when turned away from her maternal home.

Stomped to death or drowned.

Suspecting the stir in the womb

Dangling by her own hands of death [ suicide ]

The new born girl plucked away from the mother [ female infanticide ]

Only to be cast in the waters.

Burnt in her silken raiment

When accounts were payable.

Her head to be shaved. [ widow ]

Accused of being the Cause of Sin. [the Bible}

Her ears ring with the constant refrain

"It is your fault ! It is woman's destiny !"

Forced she is to be covered in black [ purdah ]

Only to be shut away from the world.

Against her will she is bound and thrown [ the act of sati ]

On to the funeral pyre.

Subject to censure

Her state - a second class citizen.

Always to be crushed at the feet of Abuse.

Is this not her whom you call MOTHER ?

To touch and awaken this sorrow filled one [ Ahalya and Ram ]

To bring her to Light [ Magdala Mariam and Christ ]

To challenge the purity of those who accuse her

To sing her praises in public [ Lava and Kusa ]

To wipe the tears off her face

Will a child be born ? [ Krishna ]

And before his coming

Glowing like the Flames of Final Dissolution

With a gleaming smile

Pointing a tender finger at the Accuser

Will there be the GIRL - Incarnate of Fury [ Vishnumaya ]

Who will escape the hands of the Abuser

Standing before him, erect.

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