Resolve by Leela Soma

The Poetry Shed


A child bride married at ten, a mother at thirteen
The fate of many grandmothers in the last century
Children betrothed at birth, promised to each other
To unite families and keep farms and lands intact.

She had to blend into an extended family, the norm
A life of service to one and all, childhood sacrificed
Her young body and mind steeled in resolve, strong
To flow with the tide, her choice was not an option.

No birth control, no voice for this child bride
She carried on quietly bearing with fortitude
The vicissitudes of what life threw at her
She laughed, cried and coped with her world.

Leela Soma was born in Madras, India and now lives in Glasgow. Her poems and short stories have been published in a number of anthologies and publications, including the National newspaper The Scotsman, The Grind, New Voices and Gutter magazine. She…

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