Monday, February 02, 2009
Lullaby to a girl child!
Don’t jump or run
What if you hurt yourself there?
Stifle the pain. Let the tears flow artistically down your cheeks.
Don’t walk so tall and confident.
at the ground as you walk.
Don’t stare back
Instead lower your eyelids, shyly.
Pinch your cheek
Practise your blush for the compliments to come.
Never laugh out loud.
Your voice. It should never be heard
Pretend you haven’t heard all that you do.
Hold your tongue
At any cost, never speak your mind.
Blank your mind
Don’t have any thoughts, opinions or ideas.
Your desires; you are his property and his slave.
your bosom, don’t jut it out, and don’t sway your hips
Sit demure. Don’t spread your legs.
Be the vamp when he so desires.
Your intelligence and your rebellion and your revulsion.
You get a baby boy the first time.
Your very identity to a stereotype
Yes dear, you would be just fine, you would be just fine,
Safe from the taliban, safe from the sena,
safe from the men that would be born
from our very wombs.
------------------ Srividya Srinivasan, Feb 2nd - 2009