Red Blood or Blood Red

Yuck! That red stain visible on the skirt is disgusting.

Yet, the blood-stained handkerchief or a bib,

On a riot-stricken road, doesn’t raise an eyebrow,

As the crowd goes blind and scurries away.


What’s worse! The women themselves,

Often the educated, that too, in science stream,

Raise hue and cry over bloody talks and marks,

And, baffle the already befuddled girls.


The taboos, still bind the poor girls,

Dispirited as if committing a crime,

Bringing disgrace to their own families

By bleeding every month.


Such is the extent of hypocrisy,

Where every woman should produce a son,

But throughout her growing years,

Is castigated and shamed for a natural cause.


What do you think?


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Written by Amrita Mallik

PP Pioneer

Resplendent Beauty