A Day in the Life of the Mistress’ Servant / A Poetry Collaboration of Shahid Abbas and Linda B. Scanlan

 
A Poetry Collaboration of Shahid Abbas and Linda B. Scanlan
 
 
A Day in the Life of the Mistress’ Servant
 
they call me hand maid
they call me servant
they call me when they need the least little thing…
 
fresh water
more dinner
or a towel to dry their feet
demanding of my presence
no matter what circumstance
 
my life is not my own
lacks self determination and agency
independence and autonomy
my tears my only possessions
 
what will free me from this tortured life of burden and obedience
this poor woman’s life of drudgery and cruelty
limited and monitored
relying only on the mistress’ kindness
or lack thereof
 
see me as I am
a woman a mother and daughter
un-used to a life of neglect and abuse
I live by virtue of my mistress’ will
and compliance with any all whims of the master
 
once I had dignity
under the safe roof of my husband
then life changed abruptly
now I’m cast out
living a lowly life of servitude
 
I’m not a plaything
I’m a human being
a person as worthy as you
don’t think you can destroy what is not yours to……..
 
 
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Linda B. Scanlan and Shahid Abbas
2021, ©

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