SOMETHING I LOOK AT-90
BY-SMRUTI RANJAN MOHANTY
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