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Acutely awake I lie on my quilt Contemplating 
Should I have said something? She was a stranger It shouldn’t matter
But why did I feel the hurt The wrenching, searing pain That comes from self-pity
The image of her scorn rises before me

The look she gave Spoke a thousand words
She looked down upon me
On my creased forehead

On my unshaped eyebrows

On my untrimmed locks

On my unironed shirt
Quite quietly, she sized me up

Saying a lot without saying a word
Turning I glanced at my newborn Sucking his thumb
And I smiled;

Appearances are deceptive

(Image courtesy of criminalatt/

Word count:100 ~~~~~~~~~~
This is written in response to  Write Tribe’s 100 Words on Saturday 2014-12
The prompt this week:

“quite quietly”

For more short 100-word posts or to write one of your own , click on the link above!

100 Words on Saturday - Write Tribe
Categories: Parenting

Shailaja V

Hi there! I'm Shailaja Vishwanath, a blogger with 12 years of blogging experience and a parent to a teen. I work as a digital marketing and social media consultant. From positive parenting tips to useful productivity hacks, social media advice to blogging advice, you'll find them all right here. Welcome to my blog.


Rajlakshmi · April 21, 2014 at 11:55 am

One shouldn't judge others on apprearances … beautiful poem, specially the ending

Danny Simon · April 21, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Loved the snap! I have one of my new born and my wife the same way….And amazing poem! Never realized it till the end!

Eli Z · April 21, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Hey, that was a nice twist.. and then I had to read it again- because it had this tender soft loving voice … beautifully written Shailaja

The Side I Hide · April 21, 2014 at 5:38 pm

Love the way the poem ends! 🙂
Beautifully written. 🙂

tulika singh · April 22, 2014 at 2:53 am

What a gem I missed Shailaja! That was beautiful. Glad I dropped back.

Beloo Mehra · April 22, 2014 at 4:41 am

I like that the response given to the person casting a judgmental look is very tender. Makes the point of the piece very nicely. Very well written.

Carol Graham · April 22, 2014 at 6:57 am

You pulled at my heart strings more than once with this one. Well done, as always

Carol @ Battered Hope

Psych Babbler · April 22, 2014 at 8:32 am

Beautifully written! We are so quick to judge people without knowing the back story…

Shanmuga Priya Raj Kumar · April 22, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Beautiful.. Carried away!

Elsie Amata · April 22, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Boy did this bring me back to the days when my kids were young. I barely had time to breath let alone do any kind of make-up! Great words!!

AJ's wHooligan in the A-Z Challenge

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