love forged from the bonds of blood exceeds all,
those were the words uttered to me one night,
love crafted from the care a mother has exceeds all.
those were the words i was constantly reminded of,
yet when i announced the forbidden love that consumed me,
little did i know that her love for pride exceeded all.
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This poem was originally published on allpoetry.com. Pooven Raj grew up in Malaysia and currently lives in the city of Kuala Lumpur, where he works as a journalist reporting on tech, business and politics news. His writing is mostly inspired by Arundhati Roy and Lang Leav.