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This powerful piece of poetry for Women’s Day, where a woman claims herself, will move you. This Women’s Day, let’s claim our right to be.
When I was born
You sighed at my dark skin tone
Alas! Who will marry me?
When I was a little girl, I danced to a perfect rhythm
You said – what is the point? It cannot be your life
When I was in my teens
You asked –What do I want to become?
Before I replied, you told me what I could and could not become.
When I became a woman
You asked – when will I marry?
When I did marry and there was relief all around,
You asked – when will I have a baby?
When I became a new mother
You asked – when will I have the second child?
When I had two daughters
You asked -when will I have a son?
When I worked, you asked, why did I have to work?
When I was at home, you asked, why I wasn’t working?
When I laughed
You said – How can I be so loud?
When I cried
You said – What else can I do but cry?
Now, I ask you to stop asking me questions!
I am not just a waistline
I am not just a pay cheque
I am not just the dal chawal dinner
Today I present to you my blank slate of life.
I am the question and I am the answer in my life.
I am the empyrean.
I am the abyss.
I am all that there is,
All there is, is in me.
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