Learning to Stand Up

October 17, 2013

Learning to Stand Up

She was beaten, she could not speak
She had become feeble, frail and weak
Her eyes looked wet, sore and bleak
She had become so submissive
She had become so meek

She was misled
She wanted to scream
The night would surpass
But not the bad dream

Perhaps she never knew, he would commit such a disgraceful sin
Perhaps she never knew him
By no means had she acknowledged all of this was a trap
He just tossed and threw her into crap

He held her down so she could not escape
Screams rumbling all over the landscape
The society had made it too hard to confide
That she could not articulate what her life had in stake

Even then I caught her tear
All her prayers I did hear
When he abused her, I was there
I never left her but I taught her to dare

She had to stand up and fight
For what was lawfully right
So that the darkness passes by
So that she crosses the threshold towards the light

Her life looked like a messed up puzzle with some missing parts
But she still believed, that she could transform it into a beautiful piece of art
Her life was work in progress, she was not yet done
The battle she stood up for was yet to be won

She stood her ground
And it was herself that she found
She laid down the law
And the truth is what she saw
She never understood the credibility they lack
Thus the only thing she had to do is fight back.


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Comment on this article

  • Vishwas Achrekar, Mumbai

    Fri, Dec 06 2013

    What she says is correct, God is always with her I don't blame her for anything. I do accept my Fault I raised hands on her I abused her but I do apologize i now realize my mistake now that shez gone away I really realize her importance in my Life. I don't want her to Go I don't want her to leave me I want her Back I love her I really miss her but she doesn't listen to me doesn't speak to me doesn't message She doesn't face me then how to tell her this how to make her Explain how make her Understand. But I Assure one thing to All if she doesn't come back I Won't Be Alive and Do not want to Live

  • Robert George, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 22 2013

    Sandhya’s verses are beautiful and thought-provoking. Undeniably, thousands would vouch for a fight-back option. But, as John D’souza has commented, we need to consider other factors, too, which have been well summed up by him. Every man and woman has a personal responsibility to be modest and sensitive, refraining from acts of provocation.

  • gideon, dubai

    Sat, Oct 19 2013

    Never quit in ur life..wait fr ut turn ,time has got the power to heel everything.and stand strong until you get the best in ur life...
    provided will power to get back her normal life..well written..courage and hope make the difference in life..good one!

  • Rosy Rodrigues, Kuwait

    Sat, Oct 19 2013

    Nice on Sandhya. You inspired me to write the following:

    Fight back and live don't be sorry but stand up its your right
    There is one life to live no one to abuse and tell you wong or right
    We are not angels but human we may faulter and make mistakes
    Even then it is your life live as you want for your own sake
    Don't give up go forward and do what you think is right

  • Exclusive : Learning to Stand Up, Santo

    Fri, Oct 18 2013

    Nice... you have good talent.. keep it up..

  • Nithi, chennai

    Fri, Oct 18 2013

    Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

  • John DSouza, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 17 2013

    Prevention is better than cure – be cautious
    Necessity is mother of invention – look at the need
    Post mortem don’t bring the life back – get facts when alive
    Fight back, law suit and court verdict – takes rest of life
    Discourage fight back – instead encourage love, peace and safety
    Learn and stand strong by getting lessons - from home and society
    Learning to stand up after losing life – allowing only the hope to live

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