I am that woman you strung up and stoned to death!
I am that woman you beat up black and blue.
I am the commodity you traded in!
I am the menstrual blood of the virgin!
I am the Goddess Kali in full bloom.
I am the beggar girl, no food, clothes or home.
I am sometimes bartered as the wife or the mother,
I am also exchanged as a sister with a dowry.
I am burnt in the fire of your gas,
I am abused and raped by my father when he drinks.
I am the woman on the billboard,
I am the naked porno star and also a WHORE,
I am the mother and the slut,
I am the dirty beggar in my hut.
I am a child bride’s stifled scream,
I am an unwanted mother’s pain and shame.
I am the Devi Durga slaying Mahisasura.
I am Panchali too, in the courtroom being called a slut with five husbands.
I am Hecate, Diana and Innana,
I am a rag picker, tired and dirty on the road.
I am ONE. I am ALL.
I am a woman…a woman, the woman…