“What do you want to be when you grow older?”, she was asked “A pilot”, “a teacher”, “a doctor”, the five year old said “You can do whatever you set your mind to”, she was told This opened up for her, every possibility ahead
With time, her dreams grew wings and they were let to fly Allowed were they, during the times into which she was hurled Her kind were out, learning, working and leading After all, they only had one extra ability, than the rest of the world
Power comes with knowledge and independence Something that was held for a long time from this gender With the ability to stand for what she believed in She didn’t have to care for any offender or defender
What she did not know, was that her times were only half ready for her They said she could dream, but not be misled “Who will raise the children?”, “who will tidy the home?”, they asked “How can we be led by those, who until now, only bred and fed?”
She reasoned that the domestic and social responsibilities were shared Efforts and skills determined capability, and from their masculine ego, she be spared They turned to religion and traditions, “you forget your role”, they opined “We may have advanced in other ways, but in these interpretations, we will remain ancient”, they determined
She knows her sentiments resonate with many But to the systemic arguments against her, she must hold her own She may be alone in fighting now, but there are many like her You better prepare fully for her, the seeds of change have been sown
Don’t take her compassion for granted, it comes from great care Don’t take her silence for meekness, it comes from great strength You do not comprehend her fierceness, she is the energy that sustains you You do not comprehend her power, she is the fire that can keep you warm or burn you.
Twig by twig they built their nest They fed their nestlings before themselves When the time came, they dared to let their fledgling fly bold and far And they flew all the way to build their young one’s nest, twig by twig
Yes, the sun is all powerful But their love and care surpass The sun may determine the day and night But their smile makes the sunshine!
With a fire that lightens up every space and heart With a warmth that eases every fatigue and pain With a glow that brings energy and optimism With a majesty that brings strength and courage Rise everyday
ज़िन्दगी भर का सहारा नहीं, दो वक्त के हमसफ़र तो बन सकते हैं। Not forever, but we can be companions for the brief moments we share!
We are all so engrossed in our own world In our needs, desires and ambitions In feeling afraid, fatigued or alone That we forget everyone else is a universe of their own That everyone else is a varied reflection of our own!