Tick-tock, tick-tock, she walks home at eight
Condescending eyes boring into her, “’Tis far too late!
“For ravishing, disobedient women must be taught a lesson,
“Doesn’t matter what she wears, all hail x-ray vision!”
Their shadows creep upon her and the leering gets stronger
She pulls her hand bag closer, she can’t wait any longer
And breaks into a sprint, she dives into the gate
Of the guarded society she lives in. She made it, in a panic-stricken state.
Hah! That ‘guard’ who silently watched the whole scene
Couldn’t meet her eyes; but sure noticed her jeans
She survived. So lucky! Perhaps it was all just a false alarm?
You know how women get, always thinking men want to cause them harm.
“But we didn’t want to hurt her” said one of those leering men
A wink and a chuckle later, “She just needed to be taught a quick lesson”
At home she breathed a sigh of relief, but her mind was clouded with murk
“Is this how it’s going to be, every night walking home from work?”
Geetika Datta is a Biotech professional, writer, an avid reader and amateur photographer, who stops every few meters for the perfect shot.