FEARING THE WEIGHING-SCALE

a poem by Jacinta Ramayah, Malaysia - poetry writer, author, poet

Centuries ago it didn’t exist to cause alarm or pain
Formed and used by man it’s now a woman’s bane

It doesn’t lie, inviting many women to their death
And some live their whole life hanging in its debt

You greet it in the morning and sometimes at night
You eye it skeptically though you know it can’t bite

You can’t avoid it as it lies motionless on the floor
But step on it and it will gladly cut you to the core

Swift as a cobra it swings to the right, staying there
The truth is on its face, your pride it doesn’t spare

The guileless weighing scale is a hefty woman’s woe
A curse on it for it is her weight identifying foe!

14 March 2012

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