Aggrieved #poetry #whatdoyousee

I find myself thinking;
Injustice ignored is injustice promoted.
Sons should not pay for the sins of their fathers,
Daughters should not be bound to the ways of their mothers,
And blood money inherited carries a debt that demands payment.

There was he, whose heart beat frantic
Cursed to always look over his shoulders
Judged for the crimes of his forebears
For his privilege; built on the backs of others
Haunted until this debt was paid
Never resting, never finding peace
Blood that made him; blood beholden!

There was she, who fought each second of every day
Cursed by the blessing of her gender
Desired and yet denied desire
Chained by tradition, bound by culture
Never resting, never finding peace
Not until she’d break those shackles
Not until man’s law had a woman’s say!

#whatdoyousee photo prompt

They came from far and wide
All believing in something
To temper a grievance; a shame; a blame, an excuse!
But at the tree of life
They found that each had a place,
That each cause was just,
And that only together, would they find peace..

Β© judeitakali


Hey everyone, I wrote on a couple of sensitive topics today, inspired by Sadje’s whatdoyousee image prompt.

I touched a little on racism and the responsibility that many have to join the fight for equality. But also the vindictive blame that’s not deserved. Then I also wrote about gender equality in the 2nd stanza.

I’d like to hear any thoughts on this, and because it’s quite diverse and maybe sensitive, I’ll definitely respect all opinions and delete any overly disrespectful comments.

Hope you’re all well. Stay safe, stay loving.

Ps My poetry book on Goodreads and Amazon

84 Comments Add yours

  1. eunice says:

    This is very thoughtful

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much EuniceπŸ™πŸΎπŸ’œ

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      1. eunice says:

        You are welcome

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  2. I love it. wonderfully written.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Deborah. πŸ™πŸΎ

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  3. Sadje says:

    This is a thought provoking poem Jude, addressing multiple issues. I like how you’ve used the images to tell different parts of this story. Thanks for joining in my friend

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Sadje. Glad you liked it. πŸ™πŸΎπŸŒ»

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome my friend

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  4. mariamichaela says:

    On point and a very great story

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Michaela ❣️

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  5. Such a thought-provoking poem, Jude. I loved how you touched upon those relevant issues. Great take!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Shweta. πŸ™πŸΎ

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      1. You’re welcome πŸ˜€

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  6. a very strong and thoughtful piece well done, Jude.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Mason. πŸ™πŸΎ

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  7. Loved your response to the picture prompt, Jude. Live and let live, is all we need.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thanks alot Usha. That’s a nice motto but I think we need to take care not to let our neighbor suffer injustices as we do this.

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  8. winfredatu says:

    Simply beautiful. I like how you related the different topics and married the images to the poem, well enhanced. Together they made a beautiful piece, by simply scratching the surface of each topic you wea still able to say a lot by saying little on these quite sensitive topics, well done dear.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much my dear. I appreciate this and I’m happy you’re reading πŸ₯°πŸ™πŸΎπŸŒΌ

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  9. memadtwo says:

    I think your last stanza is the heart–we have created these differences and wrongs and only by working together can we find a different way of relating to each other. But it’s hard to release the past. (K)

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much for appreciating K.
      Yeah the past is a heavy theme in this, and how to let it go by amending and forgiving.

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      1. memadtwo says:

        Forgiveness is very difficult.

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      2. judeitakali says:

        It is, but most worthwhile things are.

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  10. LaDonna Remy says:

    This is beautifully written πŸ’—

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much LaDonna. πŸ™πŸΎπŸ’œ

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      1. LaDonna Remy says:

        πŸ’—πŸ’—

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  11. Third stanza is so powerful, Jude! Loved the first two pictures and the way you used Sadje’s picture prompt is brilliant!πŸ‘πŸ»

    I’m happy that WP notifies your post. πŸ˜…

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Haha, I’m glad it does too. It’s such a treat seeing you here. Thank you so much Hema.

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      1. Always a pleasure!

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  12. For the first time that I am aware of, serious talk about reparations is taking place in regards to slavery here in the U.S. From then until now Black Americans have had to suffer systemic racism in housing, jobs, schooling and within the justice system. While the reparations might be helpful in the short term, the real work needs to be done to change the system to be equitable to all Americans. Until that happens, its just another generation of empty promises.

    It terms of gender equality, we struggle to even recognize what that looks like. In a research study of conference participants they asked if there were more, less or an equal amount of women in the room as there were men. Everyone looked around and the majority of the participants voted that there were more women then men, when in fact it was 50/50. So even 50/50 participation looks like “too many women” because we’re not used to seeing it. (Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior by Leonard Mlodinow)

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Ahh Melanie. Thank you so much for sharing this. You have given this post alot of depth and I wish I could like retweet this. I truly appreciate this. πŸ™πŸΎπŸ’œπŸŒ»

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  13. amaniupendo1 says:

    Ignore=Promote

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thanks for recognizing AmaniπŸ™πŸΎ

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  14. Chris Hall says:

    Great piece, Jude, and quite a contrast (in a good way) from your usual. It’s such an apt piece for what’s happening here, day after day; a country tearing itself apart under the stresses and strains of widening inequality… and many other injustices.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Chris. There’s so much of that going on. I hope you haven’t been caught in the crossfire.

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      1. Chris Hall says:

        Fortunately not, most of the trouble has been on the other side of the country – writing to you now!

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      2. judeitakali says:

        πŸ™πŸΎπŸ•ŠοΈ

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  15. Daphny Aqua says:

    Its so beautifully written, I loved it 🀍

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Oh thank you so much.

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      1. Daphny Aqua says:

        Most welcome πŸ™‚

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  16. michnavs says:

    i applaud you for writing about the rights of a woman, as many men won’t do it. and you wrote it so well.. well done Jude, and thank you

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Michelle. It’s hard to write about something so deep and which we as men can’t really understand as women do but I looked at it from the angle of human rights and equality and that adds so much to the empathy πŸ’œ
      How are you? How’s the writing going?

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      1. michnavs says:

        Wow…i love that you taking it that way…and by the way, i dont understand why i cant order your book via amazon…can you send me the link please? I saw Chris has it already…or if you have paperback copy i’d like to have one..

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      2. judeitakali says:

        Lemme know if it works. Both paperback and ebook are there.

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      3. michnavs says:

        Thank you Jude..

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      4. judeitakali says:

        Link at the end of the post should be working. If you can follow to the Amazon but from there. I’ve failed to put the whole link in the comments

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  17. Jules says:

    It is alarmingly true that too many are judged by the actions of just one person. When a disaster occurs the news is quick to point out race, gender and religion. But those factors often have absolutely the nothing to do with the crime. And yet afterwards, that race, gender or religious group is frowned upon.

    I like your message of unity and peace. May we all work to resolve differences and promote equality. Learn from the past, but work presently for peace to provide a healthy future for all!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Beautifully put Jules. I entirely agree. πŸ’œπŸ•ŠοΈ

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  18. There will always be diversity in all life forms. The human race just doesn’t get it, unfortunately. You don’t see flowers not getting along because they are different colors. You don’t see animals fighting because one has spots and one has stripes. To judge others because of their gender, race, religion, beliefs, etc. shows ignorance. Brilliantly written and powerful piece, Jude! Bravo!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much for agreeing Eugi. Loved the flower analogy.

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  19. Ingrid says:

    Wise words well spoken, Jude!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Ingrid. It means alot.

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  20. Hi Jude A well written poem. You handled the controversial topics with sensitivity.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thanks alot Robbie. It means so much.

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  21. Love the meaning behind each word. Well thought out and meaningful.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much for appreciating πŸ™πŸΎ

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  22. Janani says:

    β€œBlood that made him; blood beholden!”
    β€œNot until man’s law had a woman’s say!”

    Two lines that speak more than anything else.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I’m happy you recognized those Janani, they concluded each of the verses. πŸ™πŸΎπŸ€©

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      1. Janani says:

        They tell you a story on their own πŸ˜„

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so kindly. I’ve just seen this πŸ™πŸΎ

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  23. Very thought provoking and deep, Jude.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Oh thank you so much Punam. πŸ™πŸΎπŸ˜‡

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      1. You are welcome. 😊

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  24. Anitaelise says:

    Insightful writing. This is the way it works and the world would be nicer if these realizations hit people more often.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much for your appreciation and support of this πŸ™πŸΎπŸ˜‡

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      1. Anitaelise says:

        Welcome! I feel very deeply about the ideas expressed in your poem. Every single voice on these matters count.

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      2. judeitakali says:

        Thank you πŸ™πŸΎ you’re very right.

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  25. Beautiful! Unfortunately, curses are ‘trans-generational’πŸ™‚

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    1. judeitakali says:

      They always demand the righting of a grievance.

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  26. Unnati... says:

    I loved the way u pen down your words! I loved the most is 2nd stanza on gender inequality!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much for the appreciation.

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  27. AA says:

    This is a beautiful piece, love it and it touched my heart in so many ways πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you for saying that. I’m glad and grateful for your appreciation.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. AA says:

        You’re welcome 😊

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