“Ballad of the Dancing Girls”

Two small girls swaying with the wind
Circling throughout the trees
Slowly turning hither and yon
They’re dancing with the breeze.

Long black hair, eyes of darkest brown
No blemish to be seen.
One just over, one just under
The sweet age of thirteen.

One night at dusk, the fields they trod
In search of some relief.
Five evil men who waited there
Did bring the girls to grief.

Their mothers cried, their fathers sought
Their daughters’ whereabouts.
The local law waved off the folk
And overrode their shouts.

Their uncle saw three men afoot
Carrying his nieces.
Tried to stop them until a gun
Tore his nerve to pieces.

Next morning the police did find
Corpses of the two
Suspended from the mango tree
Twirling their last adieu.

The families left the bodies there
To keep the memories
Of lives of innocence unlived
Still dancing with the breeze

In memory of two young girls raped and hung in Katara Sadatganj, India.


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6 Responses to “Ballad of the Dancing Girls”

  1. vb, it’s difficult to like this because of the heart-rending subject. I hope the Lord has a special place in hell for people who commit atrocities like this (although I know I should hope they repent of what they’ve done and I do, but if they don’t….)


  2. vbholmes says:

    Agreed, Janet. Fortunately, the incident has attracted international attention, and perhaps, the seemingly blatant persecution of females in India will finally be taken seriously by the authorities.

  3. You are not the only writer who has tackled this tragedy, vb, I include the following link to a young Indian blogger I follow. And to think Ron and I were less than 300 miles from this town in April. The cultural layers are so deep and difficult to understand, let alone justify.


  4. The depth of your compassion comes through here. Thanks for keeping this on my radar.

  5. grapeling says:

    yes, the ‘like’ button isn’t quite appropriate, but I certainly admire the strength in the lines, and the situation deserves light ~

  6. beebeesworld says:

    Beautiful. What a shame that there are people in the world like these men.

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