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She - A Poem by Vanita Thakkar

Vanita Thakkar is an Entrepreneur - an Engineer-Researcher-Consultant and an Artist - Singer-Composer-Poetess-Writer from Vadodara, Gujarat.



What is it

That you want

Of her ?

What is it

That you are looking for

In her ?

Flares of

Your devouring desires

Turn her

Into a lifeless cavity

For you to stuff your vanity

Or into a destroyed molten personality

For you to mould to your fancy

Or into an unaffected tomb of frozen emotions

For you to despise or pity or worship ….

You have amazing ability

To degrade !

She is the best of

Creator’s masterpieces,

But to your eyes

She is His mistake –

The root of vices –

Whose vices ?

She has form,

She has mind,

She has intellect,

She has spirit,

She is receptive and reflective,

Sensitive and creative ….

She is the secret, the mystery

That you yourself are !

If only you could see that

She is a human being !

Do you know

What that means ?

- Vanita Thakkar (21.01.2010)



For those who respond with grievances against women on this poem, there is a quote and a picture that would take them closer to the essence of this poem ....


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Vanita Thakkar (author) on August 20, 2021:

Thanks a lot, dear Lora. Loved your insightful comments.

Best regards to you.

Lora Hollings on August 19, 2021:

I just loved your poem, Vanita. Your poem has much meaning and is a call to all countries or people in power in those countries who would repress women and hold their spirit as captives! A powerful piece of writing that speaks for girls and women all over the world. This is a wonderful tribute for International Women's Day!

Vanita Thakkar (author) on August 19, 2021:

Thanks, Vidyaji. Prayers for the well-being of All affected by the chaos.

VIDYA D SAGAR on August 19, 2021:

A very powerful poem on the state of women, Vanita. Relevant today especially with regard to the plight of women in Afghanistan. A sorry state of affairs while the world looks on helplessly. Let's pray for their lives and their safety.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on August 18, 2021:

Thanks, Misbah for your visit and thoughtful comments.

Blessings to you too.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on August 18, 2021:

Beautiful poem and wonderful message it contains. A Muslim man named Sheikh Akram described the status of women like this "‎When she is a daughter, she opens a door of Jannah for her father. When she is a wife, she completes half of the Deen of her husband. When she is a mother, Jannah lies under her feet”. Sadly, women are not respected as much as they should be anywhere in the world or in any community. Thanks for sharing. Much Love! Stay safe and happy.

Blessings and Peace!

Vanita Thakkar (author) on August 18, 2021:

Thanks, dear Brenda.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on August 18, 2021:

Very timely message to remember right now.

The chaos is disturbing & my heart breaks for them.

Great poem..thanks for sharing.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on August 18, 2021:

Yes, dear Peggy, we are all hearing very disheartening news for the last few days. I had written this poem more than eleven years back with the same feelings that you say makes your heart bleed for women going through sufferings.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on August 18, 2021:

Thanks, Chitrangadaji for such loving comments. True, the visuals on television showing the plight of people are very heart rending.

However, this is an old poem and was written on 21st January, 2010, presented quite a few times and much appreciated by audiences.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 18, 2021:

Your poem is so powerful and timely given world events right now. What is happening in Afghanistan is frightening for women who have made great progress in the last 20 years. My heart bleeds for them and women everywhere who are not treated as equals to men.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 18, 2021:

Hello Vanita!

A heartfelt and emotional piece of writing. I understand, what thoughts you must be having, after watching the news, which made you compose this beautiful poem.

I was having almost the same thoughts, about the situation of women, due to the frightening visuals on television.

She/ women gives you life, they create, they nurture. How can someone treat them so badly!!

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Take care!

Vanita Thakkar (author) on August 18, 2021:

Thanks, Brother Manatita for such encouraging comments.

I know you well enough by now to understand that this subject is very close to your Heart and I love your poems that glorify womanhood. I read and commented on your latest ones some hours back - the pictures of Meerabai and Mother Mary are still fresh in my memories :) :)

manatita44 from london on August 18, 2021:

Vanita ji,

This is a subject very dear to my Heart and I'm pleased that in poetry, it's resonating so nicely now. An empowering piece, all right. Unfortunately so many women still suffer abuse ... the daily verbal abuse that can cut within like knives.

I have written over 60 poems on women or for women. My current piece, Spirit of my Mother, is very detailed and well loved by the live poetry community. An exquisite and necessary piece from you. Om Shanti!

Vanita Thakkar (author) on August 18, 2021:

Thanks, Bill. Happy to hear from you.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on August 18, 2021:

Thanks, John.

Yes, there are widespread concerns over the conditions in Afghanistan, especially the condition of women.

Prayerfully wishing for their well-being.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 18, 2021:

Very timely poem, considering today's global events. Wonderfully written and powerful!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on August 18, 2021:

Vanita, this may be a very poignant poem at this present moment with the Taliban once again taking control of Afghanistan. The eyes of the world will be monitoring the treatment of women in that country. Let us pray they are given the respect and freedom all women deserve.

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