A Little Girl Makes Headlines - Again!

Poem By Sapna Goel

Don't do it little girl! Stop! for a minute and think,

Things may be difficult right now..

Look through the layers of disappointments, the scathing remarks..

Beyond the nonacceptance, the loneliness and delve in deep, Deeper..

Fish out one happy memory, little girl,

When you were Two maybe and your mom tucked u in bed,

Or at Seven when you got a new frilly dress,

A festival, a movie, a song you like, a pet? A friend - even if s/he is no longer in your life..

A kind word, a good thought, a beautiful place u once saw..

Your favorite food, a book you like, a teacher who enjoyed what she taught..

Just one happy memory! on that u draw..

Your aspirations, your dreams, what u would like to do..

Things may seem complicated now but little girl its true..

With time.. nothing seems as critical as it does, right now to you!

Just hang in - another month, a week, another day, an hour..Though what you face now may seem like the end..

You may see no future, no other way to end this pain..

Believe me, Parents forgive, friends forget,

People can be cruel but memories fade..Life goes on little girl..

There is no wrong you've done.. that hasn't been done before

The deepest disappointments have been felt before

Treachery, deceit live in this world

But so do beauty, innocence and light..

If life is giving you too much pain..

Just square up your shoulders and lift again..

Many have walked this path before little girl,

With experience we say..

Stop! a moment, little girl.. Draw in a deep breath..

Step out and give..

Something to the world.. anything small will do, it needn't be big!

A smile to a stranger

An ice-cream to the beggar child

That pretty dress, to the maid,

To an old age home.. some time..

Just go out and give

There is so much you still have in there..

Your life may seem blank to u.. but its a dream for quite a few..

One day the birds will sing again,

The world will be bright,

The sun will shine

You will see your parents eyes light up with pride

Another friend will come, you will be understood..

And life will again be full of love!

Paths will come up where none now exist

Just reach out to someone.. always helps to connect!

Give that room mate, the old friend, that aunt or cousin a call..

Let your feelings out, the negative thoughts release..

Just hang on little girl.. don't give up..

Thousands have walked this path.. little girl..

Some have faced what u do too

Ending your life isn't the answer little girl.. there are other ways too..


This poem was inspired by a news piece about two young girls attempting suicide in
Times of India, September 7,2011, Page 3, Girl ends life, another's attempt fails

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