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Pearl in Prejudice

I wish, people show little sensibility to discover the pearl under their prejudice about women, respect her as a human being, grant her the fundamental rights that is hers and recognize her beauty and the fact that she is priceless... This is my appeal to every sensible human being, to this society and to this world. One day my thoughts are reflected with a philosophical touch as follows...

Are you listening to me...
Shall I tell you something...
I was thinking about life in general,
knowledge in particular,
amidst virtues and vice
through strength and weakness
those pearls within layers of prejudice...
But all these impart wisdom.

I was talking about life...
Life is like a Pandora's box...Is not it???
You never know what is in store...
At times, smiles flow out of the box
and often tears keep dripping through it...
But still life is beautiful... Is not it???
May be because its unpredictable!!! I am not sure...

I was talking about pearls,
which we all wish and crave for...
But
many a times that priceless pearl is hidden
underneath a shell of prejudice;
a fatty sheath of predisposition.

But never mind
It does not infect the pearl.
Its still a gem...
lustrous as ever...
eternally alluring...
forever captivating...
Because its
the pearl of wisdom and knowledge
Gem of values and principles
crème de la crème of ideals
the virtue of righteousness
and its ever lasting

No prejudice can wash it away
No predisposition can bleach it off
Just embrace it with patience...
Entwine it with the resoluteness of love and trust...
its the ultimate pearl...
which you searched forever...
Close your eyes and be in peace...
And that was my story of pearl in prejudice...

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Sharontina's picture

Good!

As usual it is good. Worth reading.

Love.

Merlin Sharontina

SSD's picture

Brilliant !

Dear Nusrat,

There you go again - writing a brilliant piece that awakens and touches the heart to fullest.

A superb poem, one that needs readership and I am grateful you have shared your expressions here, through which we all benefit in thoughts together.

Much regards,
Shaheen

Portlandia's picture

Beautiful!

What beautiful writing Nusrat! I can feel your emotions as I read each line. Prejudice against women (or anyone for that matter) is awful and should not exist. We can only hope that by pouring more beauty such as your writing into this world that someday good will overcome. Messages such as yours are so valuable for inspiring and provoking thought for others. The more who join in spreading the word the more chance for peace in this world. Thank you and please keep writing! Lynn

Kara-Amena's picture

Wow!!

Nusrat - you're amazing!!! I love this! How do we remove this fatty sheath and ugly shell??

Yesterday I was listening to a lecture on my way to work from the series "Your Deceptive Mind". The subject of this particular lecture was "Culture and Mass Delusions". Because I am particularly sensitive to intolerance and prejudices - that was the perspective with which I listened to the entire lecture. Your poem is particularly relevant for me today.

It was interesting to learn how humans can surrender their will and turn off their critical thinking to fall prey to these stereotypes or delusions. I can see it in politics, in the workplace, in issues related to gender, religion, race and culture. When we feel threatened or are surrounded by people who feel threatened, we are programmed to respond to that fear. It's like a disease.

But, like your poem, I believe there is a pearl within each of us. We need to wash away the prejudice, bleach off the predisposition and polish the gem that is hidden by the patterns which have shaped us. I loved this, Nusrat!! Thanks for sharing.

~Amena

topieopolot's picture

impressive...really really impre

hey nusrat, may be one day you will take a piece of your time and tell me and others your secret/
you always manage to put out best pieces forward,

any way it puzzles how how some people want to be treated differently.
and how they can build up all kinds of prejudice against a certain groups.
what a pity,,,,
thank you for the brilliant poem.

nusrat1977's picture

thank you

you are right! I need to take time out. more than that may be I need to take my courage out to write my story.
thank you for your kind words.
Best wishes
Nusrat

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. ..........Hellen Keller

Natalya Rutchyk's picture

beautiful piece of poetry!

only beautiful and sincere soul can write such a poem! thank you for struggling with social stereotypes that are so detrimental for women with a power of a Word! your word is truly your sword!

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