The tall compound walls left unclimbed
The late night movies left unwatched
That short pair of shorts left unworn
The night-out-with-friends that never happened
The over-night trips that were never made
Those dates left unaccepted
Isn’t that the story of the ‘protected’ Indian girlhood?
But then, just as a pupa turns
Into a butterfly,
So, womanhood bestowed on me
Liberty- you finally found me!
The colours of womanhood
In pink, burgundy and red,
Livened me up no end.
The freedom to pass comments unchecked
Clothed in sweet feminine guile.
When I cry at the movies
Or impishly act childish
-I am, but thought more womanly 🙂
I can wear my hair at any length, any hue
and I’m Athena, too-lovely
I can fake my height with stilettos steep
And be looked up to by all and sundry.
I do let my eyes brim and
Thus weather masculine winds of wrath.
And I do lose my temper at will
And then blame it all on woman-fickle.
Command, direct, order
-Yes, you are a woman of power.
Beseech, plead, comply-
Yes, you are the softest-o, woman.
Symmetry- my best friend,
Lending me a nice time- accesorizing, accentuating
and redefining my contours.
And then, the crowning gift- induction
into that warm fraternity where
the girls ALWAYS look out for you:
From warning about the boss’s mood
To tips on dressing good.
From weighty calorific info
To light afternoon fluff-o.
I celebrate womanhood,
Here I do belong.
P.S: This is dedicated to all the women in my life- amma, chechma, varsh, neba, hima, abeesha, sou, tom, suryachechi, harini ma’m, neelam ma’m, madhuri, smriti, treasa, neetika, deepti, sucheta and sonia.
P.P.S: I owe this piece to my office coz I had wantonly decided 2 speak (only for a couple of min, but still..) before the other women in my office as part of the woman’s day celebrations and had to come up with something worthy. Intend to present a slightly altered version next week; maybe a change from ‘me, me’ to ‘us, us’..But then, wanted to give it an outing and am sincerely, nervously awaiting responses. Please do comment, it might help me 🙂