Your Right is Our Right

The seed that you hold within you
The seed that you protect within you

Grows up to be a tall tree
Giving the people around shade

Fruits and flowers. Time may fell
The tree. But time also plants

More saplings to make the
Human race move forward.

But what if you are ignored,
Harassed, bruised and battered?

But what if you are discriminated
Against? You are ostracized for
Being what you are?

Will you survive? Will the society survive?

Right for you is the right for the

• Author’s Note:  On the occasion of International Women’s Day on March 8, the day that celebrates women’s rights, I have penned this poem..

Pranab Ghosh is a journalist, writer, poet, translator and blogger. His blog is “Existential Problems”. His poems and prose have been published by several on=line publications including Dissident Voice, Spillwords, The Piker Press, Setu Magazine, Pangolin Review, Visual Verse, etc. Pranab has coauthored a book of poems, titled Air & Age; a translation of a book of Bengali short stories, “Bougainvillea and Other Stories” (English translation title). His second book of poems and first solo book, “Soul Searching and Other Poems” (2017), was published by Scarlet Leaf Publishing, Toronto. His second collection of poems, “Vision of the World and Other Poems”, was published by in November 2020. Read other articles by Pranab.