Woman of Rural India
Woman of rural India courteous and dutiful,
Victim of Patriarchy, but Oh! So beautiful.
When she is born, her mother is called a sinner,
But her gender is ignored when she becomes a bread winner.
She serves her parents to become an 'ideal' daughter,
But loses her childhood in the barter.
Then comes the most important phase of her life,
This is when she becomes a slave-wife.
Soon she is instructed to multiply,
And Oh! she has more beings to satisfy.
She endures her domestic and maternal drudgery,
As if she was born to bear this overdose of misery.
But, what else can she do?
Education cannot come to her rescue.
A symbol of strength and perseverance,
Few admire her power of endurance.
Woman of rural India, courteous and dutiful,
Victim of Patriarchy, but Oh! so beautiful.
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