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And So I Write

(This is a slightly edited version of a poem that was posted earlier on my Journal, I found it appropriate as a submission for the Extra Credit)

An ordinary
Girl who writes from home,
Here is a poem, to my sisters across the world,
I may not have experienced the feeling of being born into war.
I may not know enough of your lands, which to me, are all afar.
I may not have seen my country snatched out of my hands by another.
I may not have known what it feels in a place where no one could bother.
I may not know what it is like when your country remains in the throes of war year after year.
I may not know what it feels to be in a state of constantly enforced hurt, anger or even fear.
I may not have known how it feels to be forced to give up education because I am a girl.
I may not have any idea how it must feel to be forcibly veiled in a canvas furl.
I may have no idea of how it feels to see your society crumble,
I may have no idea what it feels to always face trouble.
I may have no clue.
That may be true.
Dear Sister,
I have this blister,
Of pain at all that you -
Are forced, not by choice to go through.
Because, as I see, in honesty, your plight to me,
Is not the life to lead for one as lovely as you, nor a sight to see,
Because your life, your times, your trials and your tribulations to me,
Are really, the worst of the worst of the situations that there can ever be.
I may not know how it feels to be there, but I know enough because I care.
It may be of no use, that I write, write, write and write,
All about you, your life, your times and your plight,
It may be futile that I speak, speak and speak,
While out there, I would only be meek.
But I try, nevertheless,
I confess.
For if I don’t tell,
Whatever I know very well,
This world won’t hear, nor see, nor know,
This story of yours, these realities with horrors in tow.
This wide world can’t know of the many things that take place,
Of the sufferings you go through, the miseries you see, the difficulties you face.
The world will never know what it feels like to be a pawn in war,
Nor what it feels like to lead a life like yours from afar,
Nor the trials and the tribulations that define you,
Nor any of the things that are for you, true.
So I try to do my best, something,
And tell them the thing,
So they know,
Life is
For you, your own,
And when I write, dear one,
I want you to know that it is not fun.
Because every bomb that goes off out there,
Makes my heart thump and race in fear and scare.
Because every story of rape, murder and molestation I hear,
Sets off my thoughts running wild and amok, haywire, in fear.
Because every time I see that some have died, some are injured, some are alive,
I want to know if you are safe, comfortable in your hive.
And so I try to be some kind of a conduit,
A speaker, a writer, a voice, for a bit,
Something that would
Show the world,
All that you
go through.


Mukut's picture


BRILLIANT !! (am i reiterating myself a lot on your posts)?? if so, because all your posts are brilliant- Just like you and to come to think of it , you are a poetess as well. haha. Proud of you.


Mukut Ray

kirthijay's picture

Thank you :)

You are too kind, Mukut! Thank you SO much <3 <3

Honoured to even KNOW you, dear one!

Mukut's picture


Important : Put the tag as 2013 VOF Poetry.


Mukut Ray

kirthijay's picture

Hey yes, done! Thanks for the

Hey yes, done! Thanks for the tip :)

Sharontina's picture


I have always enjoyed your writing and this is one extra ordinary piece. I have read this earlier though. But makes me feel like reading it again and again.

Truly wonderful posting dear Kirthi. And you are extra ordinary too, very special a cute lovable soul i've got to see and its all because of WP.

Much much love for the much adorable girl.

Merlin Sharontina

kirthijay's picture

You are so kind, Sharontina!

You are so kind, Sharontina! I am so honoured that you think so highly of me - I hope someday, I do justice to your expectations and perspectives of me! <3 <3 You are too kind dear friend. You are a wonderful soul and I am only too glad I am gifted with this blessing of a friend <3

Lots, lots and LOTS of love to a wonderful soul with so much power, beauty and love! <3 <3

pelamutunzi's picture

the power of writing

the power of writing is that it heals liberates and gives life. this poem gave me new life and i wont stop writing thanks to you

we may be powerless to stop an injustice but let there never be a time we fail to protest.

kirthijay's picture

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Aminah's picture

What an innovative way to

What an innovative way to present poetry
and the message is also profound.
I quite enjoyed reading it.



kirthijay's picture

Thank you dear friend!

Thank you dear friend!

Pooja Pant's picture


Beautiful poetry and i love your writing way!!!

kirthijay's picture

Thank you Pooja! <3

Thank you Pooja! <3

Saving Angel's picture


Woowww.. no words to express how I feel after reading your amazing poem. Everything about your poem from the structure to the detail in the choice of words you used is so amazing. You touched my heart in a very deep and emotional way.

Thank you for sharing your journey with me!

Much love & respect xoxoxo

kirthijay's picture

<3 <3 <3 <3 You are SO kind,

<3 <3 <3 <3 You are SO kind, my dear Saving Angel! May you touch the lives of many, as you have, mine! <3

bhavna's picture

Flowing syntax!

Wow what an expression... loved the way you have expressed, heart touching!
Love and best wishes

kirthijay's picture

<3 Thank you so much Bhavna!

<3 Thank you so much Bhavna!

Anita Muhanguzi's picture

WOW I Salute you

This is wonderful and i salute you my dear sister. Thanks for a wonderful poem.

Mrs. Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Head of Legal and Advocacy
Centre for Batwa Minorities
Skype: mrs_muhanguzi

LesyaErshova's picture


When I see smth, really worthy I have no words. Beautiful! Everthing, should be said is here. I wish You big success-)

Olesia Ershova

kirthijay's picture

Thank you so much Olesia! <3

Thank you so much Olesia! <3 <3 <3

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