Traps of Tradition #whatdoyousee

Many of us are born into some kind of tradition.
Taught a certain way of life.
Be it the street gangster code,
Or the old cultural rituals,
The nuclear family innovations,
Or a religious upbringing
Each of us is born into a particular set of rules
Some will come to love these teachings,
But others,
try as they may,
Will never feel at home,
in their home traditions.

#whatdoyousee photo prompt

I see a modern girl in an ancient world
Tired of long cloaks dyed with modesty
Of being draped head to toe in inhibitions
And left to envy the freedom of the morning mists.
Humility is oppressed upon her by men and women alike
Her eyes forced down everywhere she goes
But Oh, how she longs!
To gaze upon the mountain peaks
To climb up the willow tree
And dance in the verdant garden shades
Oh how she craves!
To free her pale arms and legs
To feel the caress of an evening breeze
And the kiss of a morning sun
Oh how she imagines!
Choosing the one she loves
Free as picking a favourite star in the vast night sky
Or a daisy in the meadow.

And so, one day she dawns a bold dress of determination
Kicks on her leather booted dreams
And struts to the freedom of self discovery
Into the lush forests of empowerment.

One day
She will return
And bring enlightenment
To those so much like her.

Β© judeitakali


Sadje’s whatdoyousee photo-prompt captioning the first photo, inspired me to write this.
I’d love to know what you think, or feel, or wish to share about this piece.

Stay safe everyone,
Stay loving.

P.S Been having a rather eventful January so I’m so behind on reading, but I’m working things out, don’t give up on me yet, lol.

76 Comments Add yours

  1. Yes, she’ll return one day to enlighten the people like her.
    Yes, she will return to introduce a new life.
    Yes, she will return more fierce, bold and more herself then ever.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Yes indeed. Finding oneself is amazing, but helping others do the same is divine.
      Thank you so much for your thoughts ❀️🧑🌸

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      1. You are welcome.

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  2. This is amazing. Loved it.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Usha, for your constant support and encouragement πŸ’›πŸŒΌ

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      1. My pleasure, you are welcome.

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  3. Sadje says:

    Breaking free of shackles of tradition and culture. Great story Jude. Thanks for joining in

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Sadje πŸ’› my pleasure

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      1. Sadje says:

        πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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  4. vaniheart says:

    “Humility is oppressed upon her by men and women alike” loved this line , its not always men !!!!πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Vani. Yes I’ve seen and also heard of the women. Men are the cause, tho many stopped caring a while ago, and many side with equality, but women tend to be the vigilant enforcers.

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  5. Chris Hall says:

    Fabulous imagery, Jude! Kicking over the traces like that. I love it πŸ™‚

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Chris, I know quite a few defiant ones, must have rubbed off on me.
      Will slide over to yours soon to read yours😊❀️

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  6. Jules says:

    Friends don’t give up on friends… they just worry when they don’t know what’s happening. πŸ˜‰

    It is true that some traditions can be very stifling. And yet those same traditions can bring comfort to those who have accepted them without question. Sharing experience and education is a bold key that requires all parties involved to be flexible to growth πŸ˜€

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I agree Jules. Traditions give us priceless roots and comfort when accepted. I think the whole betrothal thing, which is in most traditions though stronger in a few and fading in most, is the hardest one to stomach.(a bit too extreme)

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      1. Jules says:

        I guess it depends on the culture. I’ve been happily wed for a long time ;D
        While there were some minor issues (such as the in-laws didn’t always get along… more of an age difference I think), in general Hubby and I are doing just fine.

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      2. judeitakali says:

        πŸ˜ƒ that’s great Jules. Things worked out for you and him. A blessing πŸ˜‡

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      3. Jules says:

        Indeed! I actually saw an anniversary notice in our local paper of a couple celebrating 65 years. I think the longest I’ve ever read about was 75 years! But I think those couples must have wed when they were very young!! πŸ˜€

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      4. judeitakali says:

        Yes definitely when they were young. My parents are on their 50th

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      5. Jules says:

        Hubby’s folks made it to 54 – We’ve got a few over 10 years to go to get there. πŸ˜€

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      6. judeitakali says:

        Wow. Fingers crossed for you JulesπŸ™πŸΎπŸ§‘πŸŒΌ

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  7. Dora says:

    Jude, It’s a wonderful thing to read your poetry: it’s a dance of images and emotions in energetic rhymes and rhythms. β€οΈπŸ’œ

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Dora. πŸ™πŸΎπŸ˜ƒπŸ€—πŸ§‘

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  8. Ingrid says:

    This is a great poem: I too feel for women trapped by society’s expectations. She does well to get away!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Ingrid, tho if it wasn’t for wanting to stay true to the image prompt, I would have made this gender neutral.
      Tho women definitely have the short end when it comes to tradition

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much πŸ™πŸΎ

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  9. much truth and beauty here

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Jay

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  10. I think there is a lot of truth captured in this post, Jude. I just hope the girls who decide to break free don’t come to any harm, through ignorance or from anything else.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Yeah, it’s always a risk. Which is why those who have made it, always need to find time to go back and give guidance an help to the ones that intend to follow.

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  11. Ramya Vivek says:

    Just amazing! Wow!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Ramya

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  12. Shruba says:

    This is so beautiful, almost wish fulfilling. πŸ₯ΊπŸ’•

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Shruba 🌷❀️

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  13. msjadeli says:

    Wonderful manifesto for all of those in waiting to spread their wings like she chose to.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Jade, yes indeed, glad you appreciate that bit🧑🌼

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      1. msjadeli says:

        You’re very welcome, Jude.

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  14. Ruelha says:

    I can so relate to this poem. My country and culture reveal a lot of these shades ….fortunately I am blessed…..but I love this piece Jude

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Ruelha. I’m glad you do, and happy you are fortunate.

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      1. Ruelha says:

        πŸ™πŸΌπŸŽ€πŸ™πŸΌπŸŽ€πŸ™πŸΌ

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  15. Pavithra says:

    Wow this was so beautiful ❀️

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Pavithra 😊🧑

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  16. Loved the context and words you penned here Jude . Well done πŸ‘

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Radhika 🌸🧑

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  17. mariamichaela says:

    Beautiful. 🌷

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you dear πŸ˜‡πŸŒ·

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