For the Monday Musings post today, I’m sharing a Haiku that I wrote some time back.
I love to think of women as strong powerful individuals who have the life force within them to keep going against the odds. The irony of it all lies in the fact that even though the society we live in, praises the strong woman for her resilience and her will to fight back without submitting to the powers that be, glorifying her when she speaks out her mind and flexes her muscles, often that very same society also derides the woman for being too obstinate and unyielding, for being too much, for reminding others where they belong to, for being better than ‘them’ in many ways.
A strong woman does not need her knight in shining armour. She can BE one. What do you think?
She mourned alone,
Wincing in pain, her soul sought
the sword, not the knight.
(Linking this with #microblogmondays hosted by Mel, The Stirrup Queen, #mondaymusings hosted by Corinne Rodrigues and #mg hosted by Mackenzie Glanville.)
So true. I am a sword seeker myself.
Thank you for stopping by!
The Haiku is powerful putting the woman, an individual at the fore and expression her angst. We live in such a hypocrite society, Esha!
Absolutely, Vishal. In a two-faced world, such things happen easily. Sad, isn’t it?
It’s such a tragedy Esha. We never come alive and grow!
Love it. We’re entirely capable of fighting our own battles.
Thank you, Corinne. Couldn’t agree more on that!
I let out a long sigh reading the last line. Those were powerful words. Women have to stand up for themselves not waiting for the society to change because the society is not going to change until we change.
Absolutely in line with your thoughts. We as women need to know that what lies within us is much more emphatic and stronger than we think. We need to exert that strength and become who we really admire. Become the power that we are looking for all our lives. That idea has always inspired me throughout my life. I always saw myself as an individual first and never as a woman. Wonder if that sounds strange, coming from me, but that is how it was. And how it still is.
Beautiful haiku and apt description. Women can do anything they want to and for that they dont need anybodys approval.
Thanks Deepa. Glad you find it so. No question of approval for what we women believe we are.
Beautiful Esha ! So loved it ! Very profound! Thank you for taking me down memory lane !
When I just entered middle school , a family moved into the next barrack . They were just back from a deputation to Japan and I was so fascinated with everything Japanese !My grandfather introduced me to
Kōbō Abe, Haruki Murakami and more at a very young age and then into the magical world of Haiku . It was
during the Heian period of Japanese culture (700-1100) Haiku gained popularity over longer verse . This 5-7-5 syllable , 3 line poem did not use any rhymes or metaphors so for someone like me with a learning difficulty .. it was an escape into paradise . Not that I wrote anything that deserved mention . I will confess it was an exciting exercise but I soon realised that it was very difficult form of verse . So no prizes for guessing why I was back into my comfort zone ..
‘Oh in the Mangalore land ,
Where there are coconuts and !!
My Uncle Gurudatt Kundapurkar rekindled my interest in Haiku .. with his creativity !
Oh really, Aru’di? Thanks for sharing your heartfelt thoughts here. I know how precious these memories are, for you. I’ve loved Haiku ever since one of my aunts (who used to write beautiful poetry and was part of the literary society in Calcutta) had introduced me to this lovely Japanese form of verse. The result: I was floored. She too wrote beautiful Haiku and I struggled to find ways to express myself through this form. Last year, I tried one for the first time…something came out that I published in the blog! Aru’di, you are one of the extremely talented people I know who thrills in the usage of self-deprecating humour! You will bring out a book of Haikus one day and surprise us all I know. And Uncle Gurudutt will certainly tell you why you should never stop at pushing the boundaries…you never know! <3 🙂 <3
Love you loads and I am extremely grateful for your faith in me 💝
Love you Aru’di…You inspire me and motivate me in more ways than you know <3
Beautiful words there Esha and if only women understood that the power is within them. Well done!
Thanks Parul. I do agree…very few women realise this truth themselves…sadly true!
I love this part so much: “her soul sought
the sword, not the knight.”
Thanks so much, Mel for stopping by at Soul Talk. Glad the line touched you so.
LOVE that haiku, and the sentiment behind it. May more women seek the sword to rescue themselves, and stop waiting for the knight.
Thank you Traci. Yes, the idea is for women to realise that they have it in them to take the controls in their own hands. How empowering that is!
Women are always judged by the society! A change is necessary
Yes, you’re right, Menaka. The change must come from women’s perceptions of themselves, I feel.
May the tribe of such women increase. We need them around pretty badly!
True, Shilpa. Realising our strength is our biggest strength, don’t you think so?
Works for me.
Glad to hear that 🙂