Gift- Joy Deshmukh


 
I will not give you the gift, my girl
that a mother gives her daughter
To make her a “good woman”.
I will not tell you how to love
all others, but yourself.
I will not tell you how to live
so that all but you, survive.
 
I will teach you about
a shredding machine called Life
and show you how to recognise
your heart
in each piece of you it makes.
 
I will teach you to smile
at the shredder
and allow the wind to blow
your pieces
into different horizons.
 
I will teach you to reach
for the rainbow
when sunshine and rain
bring you
together all over again.
 
I will not teach you to be
a ‘good woman”.
I will teach you to to be good
to the woman in you.
I will not give you the gift of guilt.
 
 
Joy Deshmukh

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