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, poet, author and translator. He has three published books to his credit. Air and Age (co-author; published from Kolkata), Soul Searching and Other Poems (first solo book of poems, published from Toronto) and Bougainvillea And Other Stories, a book of short stories in English, translated from the Bengali original. His poems have been published in Tuck Magazine, Dissident Voice, Literature Studio Review, Scarlet Leaf Review, Leaves of Ink, Weasel Press,, Harbinger Asylum, Spillwords, The Piker Press, Visual Verse, Hans India and Setu Magazine, among others. He is married and lives in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. Read other articles by Pranab.