If I dress up and swing about
That’s a fault and i’m tagged an empty-headed trinket.
If I dress down and stay sober
That’s a fault and i’m branded a feminist.
If I wear a bindi and mark my marital status
That’s a fault and i’m rechristened a neanderthal.
If I do not wear a bindi and stay casual
That too is a fault and i’m termed casual.
If I am chirpy and the life of a party
i’m at fault again, the forward modernista!
If I’m thoughtful and speak with measured tones
There i go again, being a wall-flower!
If I stay home on a saturday night,
i’m told to ‘get a life’!!
If I dance out a saturday night,
i’m told to slow down and act my age!!
If I dare voice my opinion about the way things are
i’m over-thinking it and being a woman!!!
If I say I do not care about the ways of the world
i’m under-thinking it and again, being a woman !!!
Please let me be because I want to BE.
p.s: Hope i’m not immediately tagged a wall-flower/ a modernista/ a trinket/ a woman/woman/ a feminist etc etc.