I was ashamed.

When they plucked at my hair and told me

To sit on their lap

I knew

Something was not right.

I was shamed.

Was I too pretty,

Was I too bright?

I always thought “average”.

Was the word

That fit me right.

But I was ashamed

And I ran away.

I did not stand up and fight.

So I stand up now

And I stand up all right

When my swears shock your sensibilities

And do not take flight

Are you shamed?

Oh, I know your macho type.

Do you know,

You never were right.

Do you know,

You are what I fight.

For my daughters, my sisters

My friends, even clients


One such young mother

Came to me tonight.


Naked in her plight.

Her eyes glistened with tears

Lips trembled in fright

This is the reason why

This is exactly why.

I am unashamed.

And I fight.

28 Comments Add yours

  1. Mummasaurus says:

    ” when my swears shock your sensibilities!!” loved reading this!!


  2. Pallavi Priyadarshee says:

    All i can say …….really adore u the way u have depicted each words.our society needs women like u.kudos


  3. Really powerful words. Loved reading the verse. Could feel the emotions so we’ll.


  4. Neha says:

    Very well put! We need to teach our girls and daughters to fight and not hide.


  5. pratikshya2 says:

    Amazing one. A powerful verse indeed. Floored by it!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. simi sp says:

    this poetry is so sharp , loved it nice reading it,,

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Such a powerful topic you have chosen. every word serves its purpose! Kudos to all-powerful souls..

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Reshmy Pillai says:

    This is deep and brilliant!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. impressive way of writing. #mannreads

    Liked by 1 person

  10. aditi says:

    A message well delivered through your power poetry. We need more boldness in writings to bring about positive change in society.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. amazing lines. i understand the deep meaning in it. truly real yet shamefull

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ipsyb says:

      Thanks 🙂


  12. Priyanka Naik says:

    Poetry can project the most delicate sentiments in the most hard hitting ways…
    Keep writing…

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Akshata Ram says:

    A few words convey a lot- the anguish, pain, tears and rage.. well written Ipsy

    Liked by 1 person

  14. mjothi says:

    What could I say more? Mothers and mummy bloggers, make sure you teach your sons too. It would help build a better tomorrow, to reduce the shame.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ipsyb says:

      Thanks, that’s the message, really at the the end of the day!


  15. That’s powerful poetry. I hope she continues staying unashamed and emerges a winner in this fight.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ipsyb says:

      Thank you very much!


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