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For a long time I have kept my rage in check in return for peace. This was a mistake, as I now realise - I'm speaking up now.
For a long time I have kept my rage in check in return for peace. This was a mistake, as I now realise – I’m speaking up now.
Here is a checklist of my crimes:
locks herself behind doors,
doesn’t accept apologies.
they shine on my skin
each a strike through
my ‘good name.’
each a reminder, to me
of something won,
rather than something lost.
I made a mistake once
— I traded my rage for ‘peace’
but all I got were scars
that ran so deep,
they stole from me
who I was.
I am something new now.
I am fury.
Politeness and silence
will get me nowhere.
Have got me nowhere.
And so, I draw the boundaries
with my voice.
Thick, red, bleeding lines
that throb with pain, and truth.
I accept the slurs
drama queen, attention seeker.
It is better than
I do not delude myself anymore.
I am not the good Indian woman.
I refuse to be.
Image source: a still from the film Naam Shabana
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