letting him always win by Prabha

Letting Him Always Win


She plays small, subservient and slow
Happy to be doing all the giving
That’s what she’s seen and been told to be

She endures all the demands and entitlement
Not to mention all the emotional and (or) physical mistreatment
Ever loyal and loving, despite his put-downs
Whether she feels it in the air or he blatantly lets her know

There was a time she never thought she had a choice
Now she knows she has,
She brushes off the offers of help and a chance of freedom

Where would I go and why she asks?
Despite all the bad, there’s been good too
She tries to convince everyone

They can see it’s only getting worse
He demands, not really caring how it hurts
She’s made her choice, she’s going to stay

You see, for her, the plan was always to allow it all
To be so indispensable, to play the fool
And let him think he had full control

© P Bathina 2019

Poetics describes a whole range of engagements with life that are storied, reflective and filled with imagination and inspiration, as opposed to analysis in the strict sense. When science rules, the magic fades. When thinking ascends the throne, the soul may atrophy. Yet poetics is not irrational – it is a take which reaches into a different aspect of our humanity – one where we can celebrate that which moves us, not dwell on what limits us. Expect surprises. One or many may lead. None or a few may follow and then decide to take the lead. This is a fluidity to break the mould of rigidity. Join us on this journey. Let us hold hands boldly and join voices transformatively. Prabha will be leading us. Feel free to join us.


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