Woman I Am


Woman I am

A woman I am,
a daughter, a sister, a friend,
a wife and beloved.
In all my roles
I complement and fulfil the men in my life.
I make them full and complete.
On my love and sacrifice, they stand,
on my feet, they walk the thorny path of life
but look at the world through a pair of jaundiced eyes.

Without me, they are just aimless ships
sailing in the boisterous sea.
I am the able navigator who brings them safely ashore, but they forget it the moment they come back to their comfort zone.

I am the life in them,
that carries them forward to their destination.
It is the woman behind every man,
her unconditional love and motivation
that precisely define a man, his success and failure, but never his attitudes and behaviours and the way they look at woman.

I have been with you like your shadow
living and enduring your moments of joy and despair, happiness and sorrow,
never thinking for a moment
i have a life of my own.

Am i wrong?
if i ask for a bit of your love,
affection, reciprocation and concern?
Is it not your duty to respect me, my dignity
to fulfil my wishes and priority,
to be with me as and when i need
and give me enough breathing space
to live life as i wish?
I relish and withstand your occasional love, its outburst, but to be my man you are to find the woman in you and change the way you look at me and the world around.

© smrutiranjan 24.7.2018

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About Smruti

Smruti Ranjan Mohanty, O.F.S, son of Raj Kishore and Shantilata Mohanty, born at Padmapur, Jagatsinghpur, Odisha on 1.1.1963 is a multilingual poet, essayist and writer. He is a published poet and writer and a featured poet of PENTASI B World Friendship Poetry. His writings include essays, short stories, poems and novels which are published in newspapers and in various national and international magazines, journals and anthologies. Working as Finance Officer in Govt of Odisha, he writes extensively on life, its beauty and intricacies which are widely acclaimed. Poems are published in Mother Anthology by Hall of Poets, Voices of Aspirants by Poetry Planet, Mother by Poetry for Peace, Let the men speak for peace, Aroma of wilting petals, Anupam Bharat, Sourav, The Rock Pebbles, Symphony of Souls, Serious &Hilarious, Heartistry, World poetry on let there be peace, Complexion based discrimination global insight, Thought and Nature Anthology, New Creative Anteriority, Spring Window to peace, Indo African Anthology, Love at first sight, Spilling Essences, You and Me, A new beginning, Heart to Heart, Only you, My Valentine, Whispering Hearts, Poetic Rainbow, Fragrance of Asia, The Harmony, Sahitya Anand, East meets the West, Symphony of Peace, Pearls of Poesy, Ambrosia, International Anthology on Autism, Stars, Sky and Poiesis, Rain Drops of Love, Smrutire Parijat, Peace Lover, GloMag, Feb 2019, Tranquil Muse, Medley of Melodies, Nostalgia, Rise to Higher Essence, Cherry Toppings, Inked Thoughts, Whispering Poiesis, Rippling of Peace, Creative Anteriority, World for Piece, Traumas on Widows, Holistic Healing of Widow, The Global Literati Insights Research Journal, 1st issue 2018 etc. Poems are also featured in online magazines like atunispoetry.com, our poetry archive, GloMag etc., Poem hunter.com, Destiny poets, Different truths, YouTube.com.etc Website-smrutiweb.wordpress.com

4 thoughts on “Woman I Am

  1. Pushmaotee Subrun

    ‘Is it not your duty to respect me, my dignity
    to fulfil my wishes and priority,
    to be with me as and when i need
    and give me enough breathing space
    to live life as i wish? ‘
    Wow! What a splendid write on women!

  2. amitapaul

    A woman is not just a complement to a man . She is a person in her own right . She does not have to bear any relation to a man in any capacity to be complete . And thanks to the spread of awareness larger number of women everyday are in a position not to ask such plaintive questions of others but to forge ahead with their own lives


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