POETRY FORMAT, 31 Oct 2022

Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service

Poem Inspired by a Painting

Transformed into a warrior
Armed with my weapon
Take me to your leader now!
I am not going back to the plough…
Blood oozes from my pores
I will kill him…
I have taken a vow
Transformed into a warrior
My fear won’t bow.
No it won’t!

No more  gathering tea.
It’s war for my child and me.
I demand vengeance .
Who shall it be?

War is never the solution
Only leads to execution.
Chaos and bloodshed…
Only leads to deprivation.

Transform into a forgiver
You feel the revenge
You feel the torment, the torture
It makes your body quiver
Let it flow into the river.
Be transformed…


Dr Usha Roopnarain – Former parliamentarian in the National Assembly of South Africa, social activist and passionate about human rights and gender equality.


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One Response to “Transformed”

  1. Rajendran says:

    Very inspiring poetry indeed, where the scars of revenge are transformed into forgiveness for a better world tomorrow.

    Very well articulated Dr.usha Roopnarain.