Mishthi Sharma


Message to Readers

Child marriage is still prevalent in many parts of India. It is my effort to depict the emotions of a girl who is forced to marry at a young age.
Please ignore the typo errors-

Even my father ditched me

June 16, 2020



Through the red veil, I see people
covered in glitter and show
their dazzling attires
blue, green , red, yellow
The priest striking my eardrums
with numerous hymns in a row

Towering above me, he stand
holding a jasmine garland
it’s powerful aroma
overflows my nose
around my neck, he slips
the garland of unknown vows
The fragrance, the sound, the light
fades and I turn white
I see the apology
in my father’s eye
I cling to him
If I leave, I will die
But nobody cares
they smile and smile
their hyena died hands
pushing me away, miles
their bangles arguing
with mine
their deafening laughter
casting over my whine
No, I cannot
I cannot leave my shrine
to be the goddess of a temple
which will never be mine.

Papa you promised me
to never leave me alone
but here I stand
in the world unknown
these are not the walls
which resounded my lullaby
this is not the veranda
which heard my first cry
You said I was your princess
still you stabbed me goodbye
How could you let them take me away,
without even giving it a try?


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  • Anlee

    "You said I was your princess
    still you stabbed me goodbye"
    oh my goodness. really tugs at my heartstrings <33 so so beautiful~

    4 months ago
  • Ree Sethu

    Replying: Oh, Thanks a million!! <3

    8 months ago
  • Ree Sethu

    Heartbreakingly beautiful!

    8 months ago
  • inanutshell

    this really broke my heart and feel so much, which i think is a testament to how well this was written. love this :)

    9 months ago
  • Sol noctis

    This is amazing!!!
    But a few mistakes have cropped up here and there.... Just check those out..
    Line 21.. I think you meant henna..not hyena.. And dyed not died.. Anyways your concept was great..

    9 months ago
  • Jasmine khawar

    Made me emotional! This is so stunning and beautiful.
    Love this <3 :)

    9 months ago
  • sunny.v

    this is wonderful! you depict the story so well

    9 months ago
  • Samina

    This is perfection Mishthi. I cried after reading this. Great job! I can feel it...

    9 months ago
  • outoftheblue

    this is heartbreaking. and so, so beautiful. i love how your pieces always have such a story behind them. <3

    9 months ago