Chaff of Chivalry

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Posted August 13, 2017 from India

Women are encouraged

To remain small

Expected to be

Delicate creatures

With closed legs and disappearing waists

With voices only heard

When spoken to

And opinions only shared

When asked

With urges felt

But not explored

And sensuality seen but not encouraged

To be anything less is lacking

To be anything more

Is overbearing

Is dominating

Is too powerful

Too beautiful

For society and men

To control.

This poem was first published on Safecity.

Sreemay Rathis a writer based out of Mumbai, currently a student of Humanities in the Navy Children School, Mumbai.He has written and published a short length novel and two books of poems compiled by him. His poems have been recentlyselected for publication by Blue Rose Publishers. He received a regional award from Kartikey Sarabhai (Son of Vikram Sarabhai)for his presentation on the sustainable development of the ecosystem.

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News Bee
Aug 14, 2017
Aug 14, 2017

Namaste Sreemay Rath, Lovely poem, thanks Safecity for sharing

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Aug 15, 2017
Aug 15, 2017

Thank you, News Bee, for reading it and your kind words.

Sally maforchi Mboumien
Aug 15, 2017
Aug 15, 2017


Reading this poem gives me a vivid picture of an oppressed woman since gender roles must be respected. Thank you sir for speaking up for the oppressed. I hope to read more from you. Any website or link where we can get more of this

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Aug 15, 2017
Aug 15, 2017

Hi Sally,

Thank you for reading our poem and sharing your thoughts. Sreemay Rath has written a book called 'A Tryst with the Devil', in case you might want to check it out. We will also be sharing more of his work.



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