Oops! I did it again!

Thank you, Mich, for pointing out that comments are disabled on this post! This happened once earlier too! Please, please leave your precious feedback, for my writing is nothing without your love.

One day….

Yes, we had to start from somewhere

Yes, it is okay to have a day to mark that beginning

But for humanity’s sake stop mouthing stale platitudes!

Let the moth-eaten adjectives that you air once a year

remain in your dusty, masculine cupboard

I am much more than the curve of my breast or the size of my butt

but you are myopic, visualizing me just as an object

correct this glitch in your thinking circuit

this one day of paean singing combined with putting on pedestal

is trust me, just tokenism and you know it too!

And you! You who body-shame,

age-shame and deride your sisters

passing judgements from the comfort of your position

and you who smirk at stay at home mothers

as also you who bad-mouth working women

stop purring with contentment and try to be helpful

also those of you who tolerate just anything

maybe you should acknowledge

some woes are created by you too!

For once I have to be the person I want to be

identify stereotypes that are to be shattered

to accept this beautiful gift of womanhood

to turn this silence in my heart

into a rallying song of moving forward

trust my instincts to leave footprints on the sands of time

which no water can wash away

I have to stop complaining about the predicament I am in

and believe one day I will be accepted on my terms too!

What do you see # 20- March 9, 2020


Eugi's Weekly Prompt – Song – March 9, 2020


66 thoughts on “Oops! I did it again!

  1. Its such powerful yet very endearing piece Punam. I love how strongly you raise the voices of women being typecasted and yet i can feel that towards the end you soften your thoughts, you ease your heart…and that’s really beautiful because we can be both so strong and weak at the same time.

    Kudos Punam😊😊

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Mich…for pointing out that comments were disabled( I must have been very sleepy because it was past midnight! πŸ™„) and for your wonderful encouraging words.
      Thank you from the bottom of my heart. 😊❀️

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      1. You’re very welcome. Thank you for confirming that it was useful feedback: I often hesitate before pointing out ‘flaws’ in others’ works, I don’t wish to cause offense.

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  2. this so blew me away, stole my speech that I thought you’d closed the comments on purpose … knowing you spoke so clearly that you left us all speechless ❀

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  3. Oh my goodness Punam, the strength of your voice, your womanhood and your beliefs rings so beautifully and strong in this piece. It took my breath away, especially the lines about the moth eaten adjectives and the masculine cupboard. LOVE it!!

    Hope you’re having a wonderful week

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    1. Your comments always take my breath away! Thank you so much for seeing the strength which I find often deserts me at crucial times. Your love gives more power to my words. You are so good for my confidence, my dear.
      Yes, it has been a wonderful week. Hope yours is good too. ❀️❀️

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      1. Now, this is the best reply ever
        β€œYour love gives more power to my words. You are so good for my confidence”. You have made my day dear friend. I am so so glad anything I could say would help give you strength or power.
        My week is ok, although, it is now officially past my bedtime! ❀️❀️

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  4. Well, I did really enjoy the read. These always lead me to be so ashamed of men because so many are this way. I try so hard to not be that way that, sometimes, I think I may come across as weak and never aggressive. Not true, but I feel that way. I apologize to all women who have been the point of such things.

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    1. Thankfully not all men are like this. And yes, we make to much about masculinity and aggression but they are not synonyms! Thank you so much for reading, Scot. I truly appreciate your presence and words.

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  5. A ‘marvel’ I would call this poem to be. The strong words, that aggressiveness which is hidden inside is reflecting here and you also made it clear that one who tolerates should also make some rules. Truly wonderful. Loved it.

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    1. Kritika, thanks a lot for your lovely comment. Yes, perhaps all the anger bottled inside was channeled into this verse. But receiving validation from the writing community justifies this rant.

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      1. You will be appreciated for the same. Every word mentioned here, resonates with each female born in this world. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful poem with us. πŸ™‚β€

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