Tigress In A Tree

If you see a tigress sleeping quietly in a tree
don't be rude and badly behaved, you'll wake her up
just be quiet and let her be.

She doesn't like the anger - the rape and senseless war
has a deep sense of what is fair
and mourns the death of kindness and the rise of fear.

If you see a tigress sleeping quietly in a tree
tread with care for other living beings - don't poke and prod her
just let her be.

'Cos if your tread is filled with hate she'll stalk you till the end
she's the justice that you can't escape and the light unseen no living being can bend.

If you prod the tigress - you with cruelty on your mind 
you who have lost caring and respect for life and come from a family that doesn't mind.
You'd best take care and mend your ways and pay the price you owe
else she'll follow you and hunt you down till what you did knocks at your door.

You won't escape the justice that the universe bestows
and all who support you will feel it too. I've seen it happen and I know.
I've seen a sleeping tigress wake up and leave her tree and I know something that we all must learn. That it is always best to live with care and kindness and just let her be.

It’s always upsetting to see crime and cruelty in the world. And even more upsetting to see the attitude that sometimes pervades our legal systems here in India. Please watch this video on a very recent rape case, and make your opinion felt in order to bring change.

Comments below are open for opinions and reviews of my writing only. If you wish to comment on this issue, please leave a comment at YouTube at the channel of Mojo Story. Your opinion matters and it makes a difference.

I am not affiliated with Mojo Story or any other news channel – just a citizen concerned about attitudes that need to change. The above poem is written to highlight different aspects of rape in our society in a general way. It is not about any particular case.

I have chosen to highlight the IIT Guwahati case as it was the most recent – one of a few that highlight the need for changes in the legal system in India.

Published by Anitaelise

Anitaelise teaches piano lessons at Anitaelise Piano Studio and writes poetry and essays at The Relaxed Housekeeper.

7 thoughts on “Tigress In A Tree

  1. Beautiful poem – very rightly said – justice will eventually find you – as you sow you shall reap!

    The stuff that is happening in India – I don’t even know how to channel my anger. The Mysuru gang rape case – the Karnataka Home Minister raising questions on why the girl was out with a boy that late at night – I mean COME ON! Add to that this messed up judicial system that gives bails to rapists. ARGH!!!

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    1. Thanks so much Happy Panda!

      And yes, much in the news off and on that is upsetting. A lot of support for rape comes also from some women and the kind of discussions they have when talking about rape.

      I will be talking on that in a future post on the Nirbhaya time, from the life of Microwave Madam.

      Thank you for commenting. Every voice that speaks up counts!

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  2. Your powerfully worded beautiful poem left me speachless and made me read this stanza again and again: it truly triggersthe power of “she”

    If you prod the tigress – you with cruelty on your mind you who have lost caring and respect for life and come from a family that doesn’t mind. You’d best take care and mend your ways and pay the price you owe else she’ll follow you and hunt you down till what you did knocks at your door.

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    1. Thanks so much Suma for your lovely comment!

      Yes, I wanted to make a very important connection in this piece between the role of the female/mother and the power of the universe. The world seems to need a reminder of this.

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  3. Your poem is a cautionary tale. Well said and clear in the consequences. Sadly there are too many who blame the survivor. Even here in the US a college student raped an unconscious woman and was given probation because he was an athlete! It is tragic…

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    1. Thanks so much for reading and commenting! Yes, this does happen and not just in India, and it’s tragic that rape survivors get blamed.

      I have seen the universe dispense justice that the courts and society failed to dispense and that’s where this writing comes from.

      I can’t really say it was in a balance equal to the crime, as that would need me to understand the persons involved at a very deep level. But considering how we all, at a personal level, bear the consequences of our actions, I think it’s a fair assumption that we all pay a price for our wrongs.

      Everyone thinking this way would certainly make a difference. I think religions, and their message of redemption can give people the wrong idea that forgiveness of the divine means no need for atonement.

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