Human trafficking is a crime that still is rampant and could happen with anyone. In India, it is mainly the women and children who are the victims. The poem I penned is based on true events of a survivor.
At twelve the country celebrated independence day,
And mine was taken away.
He promised good work and pay,
What works he did not say.
He sold us like commodities,
Beautiful ones went to different countries.
Most were like me, illiterate and poor,
I did not know what was in store.
Children and ladies almost naked,
For the first time, I was scared.
Closed doors and without a break,
I did not know what ached more body or heart.
I could not resign to my fate,
I needed to act before it was too late.
I paid attention and searched for doors,
although for days, I could barely get up from the floors.
After countless failed attempts and painful days,
I found just two ways.
The poison or the tiny window,
The window where even pillow did not go through.
I starved and squeezed myself outside the hell,
I ran alike someone had cast a spell.
The pain,bruises, and trauma had its own story to tell.
Somewhere in the middle of nowhere, I fell.
Life was supposed to be fair
I opened my eyes with hope after a silent prayer.
I was in a hospital with tubes and bottles,
Life made me believe in miracles.
This post is written for Day 4 of UBC and also #WalkForFreedom by Write Tribe
Oh my goodness! So aptly expressed and so terribly sad and what it took to break through to freedom! Thank you for penning this poem and giving this survivor a voice. God bless you!
How beautifully you’ve tried to incorporate one of the social evils prevailing in the world. Subtle yet poignant! In love with your series!
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You have expressed the pain and suffering very aptly, Ramya. A sad poem but nicely weaved.
So heart wrenching!
This is very emotional poem
When Independence is snatched from you this way, the pain is unbearable .. Very well penned .
Beautifully penned my dear.. This is a topic so close to my heart and I know u hve done full justice in bringing forth her trauma, my dear.. Keep it Up!
Very well penned. In love with your series!
and you have expressed it wonderful 🙂
Beautifully written. Just two days back a 10-year girl went missing from our area. I feel scared for my daughter who is just 2-year old.
One of my husband’s cousin does volunteer work for an organization that fights human trafficking. I am thankful that, finally, these survivors have a voice. Sharing your poem on social media.
Superbly done Ramya! Very strong message. I was so sad to read the last line though 🙁
So beautiful but so sad. That this is still happening in this world is beyond imagination.
Ramya , I could barely read the first half . It was so painful to imagine what’s in store for the poor child. Am happy that she was a survivor and a fighter and she got lucky.
But it makes me sad to know that the happy ending is perhaps the fate of one in a million.
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Every word gives goosebumps …
Beautifully expressed. Loved this one 🙂
I’ve shared this before too, I love the topic you took up for this series, Ramya. Each topic touches my heart.
Also, you keep getting better and better with each post. Keep going!
Very very touching almost got tears in my eyes. You must keep on writing like this