Single Line Conversations

 I feel I am, no less than a brave soldier
Stoic and honorable in discharging my duty
I live in a battle field, day in and day out
Of stilted conversations and tension.

I feel I am, no less than any good person
Doing dutifully what is expected of me 
I too never waver from what needs to be done
Inspite of monosyllabic conversations and disdain.

I feel I am, no less than those millions of ladies
All striving to be good daughters-in-law, who know 
That all their hard work and dedication is for naught
For conversations have now tapered into hard silences.

Still, there is a need to go on and not give up
For I was taught such morals; sometimes a burden
Though they do not think so, they think the worse
Yet I hope for a few single-line conversations.
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