• Under the Raintree Festival

'I Refuse to Accept' by Snehalata Vishwakarma

I refuse to accept the customs

That only men are right for work

And women should just be family’s soul

 I am a woman of my mind

Not exaggeratedly, but just by a flow,

I want to achieve all, each of my goal


I refuse to accept the customs

That there must be a hero in my life

I love and accept myself kindly,

I learned to learn myself before others

Security doesn’t come from kisses

And, life is not a building of promises

Learnt, that all day in life won’t be so lovely


I refuse to accept the customs

That men are physically fitter than women

All have issues, at times, life give us blues

So, what if I needed to count five days in any month

And nine months in any year,

It never got me bogged down

I listened to my heart, it gave me clues


I refuse to accept the customs

The workforce is dominated by men

Because we got few imperfections

We studied the same curriculum, in the same room

born with the same brain, at the same natures’ bloom

but, why, my work need validation?


I refuse to accept the customs

I will be what I want to be

Not the one, I should be, could be, would be

I am a woman of my mind

In a night or in a day

In a vision or in none

I have a room for my work

And, my body is not a question.