Poem: Not Born To Be Bound!

Poet’s note: This poem is dedicated to all the women out there who have to think twice before going out late at night, who do not feel safe in their own country or at their homes, and to all those who have suffered injustice at the hands of the evil society, and who refuse to give up!

 

“No they didn’t tie her/ with cuffs and chains/but they humiliated her with their naked eyes”. Image has been provided by the poet.

 

Walking again on that narrow path

through the valley

she remembered her childhood.

How she could never get surfeit of it

the fresh foliage always overwhelmed her,

trees stood tall, as if sheltering the way.

 

But today she stood silent.

Never before she envied the birds

touching the sky,

or the merry animals

passing by,

maybe she had now sensed the cage around!

 

No they didn’t tie her

with cuffs and chains,

but they humiliated her with their naked eyes,

yet she was the one to be covered!

It was their actions, their thoughts,

yet she was the one who suffered!

 

Little did she know,

when she was little

that her life would turn upside down,

but she looked again at the merry animals and the birds,

and said,

“I was not born to be bound!”

 

Featured image provided by the author. 

Similar Posts

A former Assistant Secretary with the Ministry of Women and Child Development in West Bengal for three months, Lakshmi Bhavya has been championing the cause of menstrual hygiene in her district. By associating herself with the Lalana Campaign, a holistic menstrual hygiene awareness campaign which is conducted by the Anahat NGO, Lakshmi has been slowly breaking taboos when it comes to periods and menstrual hygiene.

A Gender Rights Activist working with the tribal and marginalized communities in india, Srilekha is a PhD scholar working on understanding body and sexuality among tribal girls, to fill the gaps in research around indigenous women and their stories. Srilekha has worked extensively at the grassroots level with community based organisations, through several advocacy initiatives around Gender, Mental Health, Menstrual Hygiene and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) for the indigenous in Jharkhand, over the last 6 years.

Srilekha has also contributed to sustainable livelihood projects and legal aid programs for survivors of sex trafficking. She has been conducting research based programs on maternal health, mental health, gender based violence, sex and sexuality. Her interest lies in conducting workshops for young people on life skills, feminism, gender and sexuality, trauma, resilience and interpersonal relationships.

A Guwahati-based college student pursuing her Masters in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bidisha started the #BleedwithDignity campaign on the technology platform Change.org, demanding that the Government of Assam install
biodegradable sanitary pad vending machines in all government schools across the state. Her petition on Change.org has already gathered support from over 90000 people and continues to grow.

Bidisha was selected in Change.org’s flagship program ‘She Creates Change’ having run successful online advocacy
campaigns, which were widely recognised. Through the #BleedwithDignity campaign; she organised and celebrated World Menstrual Hygiene Day, 2019 in Guwahati, Assam by hosting a wall mural by collaborating with local organisations. The initiative was widely covered by national and local media, and the mural was later inaugurated by the event’s chief guest Commissioner of Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) Debeswar Malakar, IAS.

Sign up for the Youth Ki Awaaz Prime Ministerial Brief below