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Blank: A Statement In Poetry For Women’s Day

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.

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

 

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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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Archana Shivmani Rao

Archana was raised in Chennai and lives in Dubai.She was a banking professional for more than a decade. She holds a diploma in creative read more...

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