I came unto earth with a closed fist and a cry
Surrounded by strangers dressed in white
Lavished with love, praised and adored
Life was fun and I was eager to grow
Curiosity, enthusiasm, imagination and play
Filled every minute of the day.
Eager to grow up and to please those around
I morphed myself into as many avatars that I found
So that I could fit in and be accepted into the crowd.
I laughed when they laughed, cried when they cried
Even though it didn’t feel right inside
I dressed how they dressed bought things to impress
And waited to receive their accolades and praise
Slowly my true self withered away and
The light in my eyes turned a light shade of gray
Happiness seemed to be out of reach
Each time I was not being my real self.
Life felt like a big wide hole
Unfulfilled and cold as the north pole
Taking it no more the little child inside me found her way through my hearts door
Asking me to see her in the past when love was showered and I needn’t act
Be who you are that’s what the world wants to see
They don’t need a carbon copy of another celebrity
You’ve come with the talents unique to yourself
To carve your name in the world with your own hand print.
To share your goodies that only you can give.
And enjoy the journey by being yourself!
The real artist behind this glowing piece of work is S.L.Haldankar and the painting is titled ‘Glow of Hope’ even though there is a famous misconception that this work is that of Raja Ravi Varma.
There she stood bringing light into darkness
with a lamp shining equally as the flames;
All the labouring done in polishing it
had abrased her soft palms too.
Just as the light had dispelled the gloom
She held hope that her life too would see the light
and a glow of hope filled the room!
Born to be your other half
I can’t fathom why you are so insecured
Saddling me with names and norms to control.
Surrounding me with a boundary, to fence me in,
Saying I need protection from life’s wind.
You think I am a possession to behold
Not caring that I too have emotions left untold.
Burn me, scar me, mutilate me and rape me
Cover me from head to toe
Make rules so that my head remains bowed.
Why I ask you?
Do you try to fit everyone of us into a round pegged hole?
Let me live, let me free, let me be a shoulder that you may need
Give me my freedom, erase the lines, let me stand side by side
For I am your other half as perfectly divine.
Let us coexist at least in future times.
I dedicate this poem to all the women out there who are still suppressed and made
to feel inferior just because of their gender…Hopefully one day we would walk
hand in hand and be appreciated for all that a women can bring to this world.