Hello readers! Finally,I am out with a poem I had been wanting to compose for a really long time, but was never really satisfied with the result until now.This piece of poetry revolves around the relationship of a mother-daughter duo and how they find their strength to face the cruel, male dominated world. I know, it’s pretty long (well actually, the longest I’ve ever written), excuse me, for that, but knowing I am writing this, it is justified, right?
I hope you enjoy reading the poem as much as I enjoyed writing it! Here it goes…
I am a big girl now, mother…
I remember the first time, the day, a man
eyed me hungrily,
You said breathe, look away, walk faster
and move on steadily,
I had been a child of five, ready, eager to
explore and create,
You said by the time, I turned into a
‘big girl’, I should wait,
Wait for the viciousness and hunger to
completely clear away,
And keep my beauty, my identity hidden under a veil till that day.
I grew up believing those stares were a
route to that time,
I did what you taught me and kept hiding from the crime.
I was smiling and laughing at my tenth
birthday party that night,
Forgotten were the horrors of the past in
the present ,so bright,
Suddenly a hand groped me from behind,
despite my protests,
Mom, he was one among the long list of
Hurt, angry I came running to you, out of
shock, out of fear,
You laughed it off as a mishap and began to wipe my sorrowful tear.
I thought another hurdle was added to
that right path,
And once more, I had to hold back and
bury my wrath.
Time flew by, and I started turning into a young lady,
I was shrouded into long, dull clothes to
blend with the shady,
Surroundings and protected from the
hunters lurking around,
You asked me again to look away and make
The wolf-whistles started to be engraved
in my ears,
But looking away and walking faster helped all through the years.
Surrounded by my trusted people, I spent
the early years of my life,
Before I knew it you pushed me to become
someone’s ideal wife,
From that day onwards I remember him
never asking for my consent,
I don’t think he understands what the
word ‘NO’ meant,
The ornaments of my face have given way
to red, blotchy scars,
But didn’t this arrangement called
marriage raise bars,
Of cruelty and strangling my ideas,
thoughts and opinions,
I believed I would never face this, for I am not among the millions.
After all those years, I am a big girl now
Still waiting for the dawn you promised
As I lay on the floor stripped naked of my
Even when I followed all your words with persistence.
Lying on the floor surrounded by blood
I question myself, what did I ever do to
Darkness has started to crowd and
envelope my eyes,
Probably this is where I die, after living the promised lies,
In spite of the defeats, I don’t wish to be dead so soon,
Is this ending in disguise a long-awaited
With this moment I wish to fight, till my
shackles are cut off,
And I explore the world in the way, the little girl dreamt of.
I see the open window and hope it carries
my voice outside,
The voice of a bruised but not broken
child, lady and now a bride,
I scream and scream till there is no voice left in my throat,
I raise my voice for me and for millions
like me to be afloat,
From the misery and helpless reflections
from the mirrors,
And break free once and for all from the ruthless killers.
I truly understand, today what the ‘big
Months after losing you, my protector, by
You wanted me to find my voice, my
strength, my power,
To fight for myself in the face of
hardships and not cower,
You made me strong enough to take a
I feel proud and loved at how you never let go off my hand.
I remember reading the diary you left
behind for me,
And realizing how many battles you fought
Alone you pushed the man, who dared to
raise his eye,
And harboured intentions of making your
The hand that groped me, years ago, was
cut off brutally,
You fought all hardships for me always smiling
Till your last day my husband was not spared
from your fire,
To always protect me was your heart’s deepest desire.
You protected me till your last gasp of
Till the time I found chivalry in the
face of death.
Nothing can bruise, taint and shatter me
to pieces now,
I have tolerated enough abuse and humiliation,
My soul breathes the bravery lingered by
you, my dear,
From the courage you taught me by giving in, to fear.
I have turned into the big girl now
Who will not tolerate injustice another,
I have turned into the big girl you were
Ready to face the world, your big girl mother…
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A big shout-out to all the ‘big girls’ out there and a bigger shout out to their mothers for making them who there are today. #gogirlpower
Don’t you think it’s cruel that the innocent little girls become their courageous big counterparts only after losing everything? How I wish, life had been a bit merciful by providing another alternative…
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Until the next time.