Friday, November 28, 2014

I’m Not A Woman

A Poem by Ashay Abbhi for The 16 Days Activism against Violence against Women

Art by Juan Bocos (c) (Source)

When I was but a kid,
they would haunt me in the night,
I closed my eyes, clenched my fists,
but their wrong was never made right..

When I was just a girl,
their eyes uncovered me from within,
I buried myself in layers of shame,
their gaze somehow touched my skin..

When I became a wife,
I was greeted with belts and shoes,
I sat in a corner and wept alone,
collecting the pieces of the night’s abuse..

When I breathed  my last I realised,
the final tear blurring my sight,
there won’t be another abusive day,
there won’t be another bloody night..

As I lay in the grave counting my wounds,
sadness showed me what I could never see,
I was everything they wanted,
Just never the woman I was meant to be.