Women Expressing Themselves
I am a stream
My origins lie in a mountain and then I begin to flow
there are stones and pebbles in my way,
But I go on flowinq thinking one day I will join the sea,
So I start small, but aspire for something biq as time goes by.
I am a river both pure and dirty
happy and sad,
Some bathe in me; some throw waste in me,
I face many difficulties in my path to reach my
destination - the sea.
I am like the sea
clear, clean and pure in mind and by heart
I take all kinds of life experiences into myself,
all streams join into me.I am free and frank with an open heart for everyone. I am a book
One person writes me
a different one reads me,
Some enjoy reading me, others cry .....
I am closed within the pages
my happiness and sadness lies within me,I let others read (use) me without saying
anything, remain silent within.
I am like a flame
givinq light but burning myself,
I am briqht when happy and,
flicker when sad,
completely scared of dimming
I am a stone
I have no feelings
I don't hurt anyone, but
People use me to hurt others
I am opposed by people around
I go on tolerating .....
*Expressions of women activists of Orissa, India
(Source: Women's link Vol. 3, No. 1)
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