This is for to Eugi’s Weekly Prompt– Identity.
Being born to our families and in our country, we have many identities that become attached to us- race, gender, caste, class, religion, nationality among many others. Often we get so involved in establishing, changing or denying one or more of these tags, that we forget to rise above these man-made classifications to evolve as rational human beings.
Born as a girl, in the land of men;
I searched for light, in the darkest hour of the night.
Taught to pray and eat in a certain way;
I yearned to question, this very strange notion.
Labels inherited, by virtue of our birth;
Tagged and raised, the rich and poor alike.
As the storm of Religious strife, shook our ancient roots;
Unhinged men wrecked havoc, seeking the elusive glory of divinity.
Caste and Class, they battled for dominance;
Each struggling to break, centuries of fettered existence.
Nationality bound, her citizens firm;
As grief’s growing tide, swept through the land.
Un-blinking I gazed, at the vast moonless sky;
Standing knee-deep in blood, before the shrine of peace.
Humanity wept, as her world fragmented;
And divided we stood, united through dissent.