Limited horizon

lines were drawn before she was born

behave yourself, sit straight

don’t talk so loudly

girls must be polite and submissive

don’t you dare step outside after dusk

stay within your limits, they dictated

limits and boundaries and lines…sigh!

they don’t define me, she asserted

bit by bit, line by line, she inched ahead

the cloistering lines faded away 

the bleak walls of despair were demolished

and she drew a vibrant new horizon of hope and joy.


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Written by Seema Taneja

Formerly a teacher of English language, she is now a full-time blogger, writer, and poet. A bi-lingual writer, she writes on social justice, gender issues, women and child rights, economics, and political affairs, in English and Hindi. She contributes to several platforms like Women's Web, Momspresso, The Anonymous Writer and her write-ups have also been published in The Times Of India. Her stories have been featured in several anthologies. She has won many awards for her writing, including the prestigious Orange Flower Award for Writing with Social Impact in Hindi.

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