A Poem by Onku Ghosh

Who ever becomes a mother-in-law, behaves like a mother-in-law.......forgetting her own humiliation in the past.

Starry-eyed, as a demure bride,
Resplendent in jewels,
Into his house you came-
Hoping his mother would be yours.

Stripped off your jewels,
Your honour,not spared
To an article you were reduced.
Shattered o smithereens-
Lay all your dreams.

Years have gone by-
A daughter (in-law)awaits acceptance.
Beseeching  a tender word,
A gesture of love.

You curse her,
In unthinkable ways humiliate her.
Hanker after her father's wealth .
Forgetting those yesteryears ?
Or, is it vengeance mother-in-law?????

© 2013 Onku Ghosh

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it actually happens and your observation on the last line is quite interesting. perhaps, those "monsters-in-law" probably feel that the wife of their son is not too good for their son or that she is but a competition for the son's affection. hence, the animosity.

Posted 8 Years Ago

a sad one indeed...I never had a mother-in-law as she died before I was married...but i'm a great daughter-in-law and I get along great.:)

Posted 8 Years Ago

Such a tenuous relationship between a woman and her mother-in-law, and you have expressed that perfectly here. Well penned, Onku.

Posted 8 Years Ago

Very true! I really enjoyed reading it! Thanks for sharing!


Posted 8 Years Ago

Brutally honest and poignant, so many have this problem it seems, I was blessed with a sweetheart of a mother-in-law, it was her son that got on my nerves! Sad.....

Posted 8 Years Ago

This is sad, some mother in laws are very mean its like what you said in the last stanza, vengeance mother in law.

Posted 8 Years Ago

I was reading this poem, and was taken aback by the power of the lines. Such is the story of many Indian households even today. Were you subjected to such misery yourself? It is true we often forget what we were, while treating others. Wonderful poetry. Really loved it.

Posted 8 Years Ago

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17 Reviews
Added on August 13, 2013
Last Updated on August 13, 2013
Tags: Starry, shattered, vengeance


Onku Ghosh
Onku Ghosh

Kolkata, West Bengal, India

I am a homemaker interested in writing poems, painting, coking, gardening, travelling and surfing the internet more..


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