“I am woman, I am weak,
I am woe-man, I will crib,
I am born to sulk, to surrender, to forgive,
I seek no forgiveness for times I fail to please!
I am woman, so I will not speak,
I once had a voice, an ego, a dream
Things that were crushed, what I used to be,
All that’s stolen is yours now to keep!
I am vulnerable, I was built to feel pain,
Designed like a robot, to work till you gain,
I find no reason to compete with men,
For I am and will always be woe-man!”
Dedicated to women… till they learn to ‘speak’!
– Aditi Shukla