Malabika Ray Choudhury
Malabika Ray Choudhury Poems
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The Woman In My Dream
I wanted to be a Jane Austen -
Or Elizabeth, her favourite strong girl,
Or Kadambari - A poet's dream,
From Bengali Literature.
A few fearless women -
Debjani, and Gandhari, and Draupadi, from Indian classics,
But before anyone else,
I want to be the woman who appears in my dream!
Never went to school, she was not allowed,
Picked up any paper when sweeping the floor,
And read - she was warned women became widows if they read,
She was unstoppable!
She had ten kids - two ...
I had many dreams
When life was so full, almost giddily exuberant,
Everything felt beautiful -
Music, laughter, friends,
I had it all.