Born in a hovel,
her mother cried too
The village named her maya
As her father started anew
Never told she was human
Never knew otherwise
Never doubted life’s lessons
Stolen from her mother’s eyes
Ignored, she grows older
unknowing of her plight
dreamless, life has nothing to offer
never given her a reason to fight
Falls prey to a young man
Gotta leave before he changes his mind
Got nothing much to carry
Everything to leave behind
Sold into a brothel
Girlchild is just fifteen
Maya the name suits her well
This little life has never been
Eighteen she’s got the disease
Forgotten everything in between
New girl has come in from her place
Gonna welcome her into sin
“Little sister, your name won’t do.
Choose maya , that was mine.
In this place that is nothing new
It’s all I have to leave behind

© Suraj Mani

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