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BECAUSE I AM A GIRL - I MUST STUDY By Kamla Bhasin

2013 VOF POETRY

BECAUSE I AM A GIRL – I MUST STUDY
A father asks his daughter:
Study ? Why should you study?
I have sons a plenty who can study
Girl, why should you study?

The daughter tells her father:
Since you ask, here’s why I must study.
Because I am a girl, i must study.

Long denied this right, I must study
For my dreams to take flight, I must study
Knowledge brings new light, so I must study
For the battles I must fight, I must study

To avoid destitution, I must study
To win independence, I must study
To fight frustration, I must study
To find inspiration, I must study

To fight men’s violence, I must study
To end my silence, I must study
To challenge Patriarchy, I must study
To demolish all hierarchy, I must study

To mould a faith I can trust, I must study
To make laws that are just, I must study
To sweep centuries of dust, I must study
To challenge what I hate, I must study

To know right from wrong, I must study
To find a voice that is strong, I must study
To write feminist songs, I must study
To create a world where girls belong, I must study
Because I am a girl, I must study.

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Greengirl's picture

Lovely Hilda

This is simply creative and proactive! I was virtually beginning to sing and affirm every line! I am still smiling now because your words warmed my heart. The message is loud and clear! Thank you so much for sharing this lovely and stimulating piece of work.

Warmly,

Greengirl

Hilda's picture

I was inspired by the Poem

Hello Greengirl,
I think you should actually be thanking the author of the poem - Kamla Bhasin. I only highlighted her work because it inspired my write-up.
Thank you.

Greengirl's picture

An oversight from my end!

All the same, I still think you deserve a hug for sharing Kamla's work. You highlighted it because it inspired you and you knew it would inspire others like me. Very importantly too, nothing has changed regarding my opinion of the Poem.

Thank you and thanks too to Kamla Bhasin.

Greengirl

Hilda's picture

Thank you.

You're welcome!

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