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"Being a Girl" by Himani Chauhan


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Published May 1st, 2023

Being a Girl

by Himani Chauhan
(Jaspur, Uttarakhand, India)

Being a girl is a boon
or a curse,
It's the word of my verse.
They judge me – I'm perfect, or not,
They judge me on the basis of what I have
or what I have not.
They try to put a barrier in front
to take me down and bound me.

Because I am a girl –

They tell me everything I do is correct,
But keeping me bound
They mess me up
But I am a girl who endures pain,
Who bring a new life on Earth.
They want a boy not a girl,
Boy is treated as pearl and diamond.
I feel sorry for the girl,
The world is sick and risky outside.
I stand up and tell them how I feel,
When patriarchy controls a girl
and strangles the emotions of being a girl.
A lot of questions come to my mind –
what are we getting throughout our life?
Sometimes people make us feel we are weak.
But if we suddenly have responsibilities,
They tell us, You are not weak,
You are a plucky girl.

My name is Himani Chauhan. I am pursuing B.A. English Honours, from Dehradun.

This poem is included in Poetry World #6, published in the Wax Poetry and Art Library.

Previously published in India Poetry Magazine:
Love in the 90s

by Shoaib Akhter Ansari

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