Treasure Island

Soumita Sarkar Ray

(Kolkata)

I Am Woman


I am not a treasure
whom you can buy
in falling measure
any time for your pleasure

I am not a road
to reach a goal
to multiply your prestige
you gift me to public

I am not an anthill
weak and brittle
whom you can break
whenever at your will

I am fire
I am free
and I am fuel
I am love
I am life
and I am light
I can cherish
I can nourish
and can diminish your power
I am WOMAN
I stand second to no man.

Submitted: Friday, June 21, 2013
Edited: Monday, September 16, 2013

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  • Piyush Dey (6/23/2014 11:45:00 AM)

    it was a brave write, and a beautiful one.
    i would love to see a world where women aren't second to men.
    keep writing. thanx for posting this wonderful piece. (Report) Reply

  • Dipy Hermonite (9/25/2013 3:40:00 AM)

    I like it Soumita. And I like it because I am a man and I hold this strong belief that there should be no gender discrimination what-so-ever. Have rated your poem.
    Could you read and rate my poem. Link is given below

    http: //www.poemhunter.com/contest-vote/your-world-my-lord/
    Regards
    Dipy (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (9/23/2013 3:07:00 PM)

    since you kindly asked me to be specific....after you, Soumita, read my previous comment....i will now be honest with you. i am a kidder, meaning i like to make jokes. some of them are actually funny. but sometimes i joke about something way too serious (?) to joke about. and i guess i should not have been more careful when commenting to someone who doesn't know me. even then i have gotten into trouble. i have reread the poem to refresh my memory and, to be honest, i am now scoring it very, very good....even though i do like rhymes and there are not very many. i forgive you! [that is a joke]
    being a man, i probably should object to the line: and can diminish your power

    BUT WAIT! .....if i read three lines at a time and read the following three as ONE sentence, then i can see that you also are supportive of the power that men have [i do have less than some men! ....it's probably been diminished by my present and three previous wives...i'm NOT joking! ].

    I can cherish
    I can nourish
    and can diminish your power..................BUT WAIT, AGAIN! !

    now, as i read those three lines again, i notice you say you can, NOT that you DO, nourish or cherish the power of men. darn! i sent this to MyPoemList, and it's not because i was feeling guilty. honest! ! ! thanks for sharing. bri :) (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (9/23/2013 1:34:00 AM)

    well, i'm a man, and i KNOW you aren't serious! i guess i better not say anymore. i'm already in the doghouse here at home. i score it good. if you say you are a man i might up the score. (Report) Reply

  • Mehta Hasmukh Amathalal (7/12/2013 7:31:00 AM)

    am WOMAN
    I stand second to no man...so brave of you.. nice poem...10

    do not forget you are woman
    needed for expansion of family by man
    you need to be courageous
    but at the same time to be religious and pious too (Report) Reply

  • Farah Ilyas (6/28/2013 6:48:00 AM)

    yeap we r as very well defined by u, we r life & colors of life...keep writing..well done (Report) Reply

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