I’m my own person, unlimited in form
Cultivating my own thinking, my views I have in plenty
I follow no one, nothing, but only what my heart says is true
It’s my independence I celebrate, tell me patriarchy, how does it affect you?
I will wear jeans, I will wear a skirt, I will wear saris and sleeveless blouses too
My clothes are a form of convenience sometimes, elegance at others
I’m casual, I’m easy and I love gazes of admiration too
It’s my independence I celebrate, tell me, lech, how does it affect you?
I love my friends, their gender I don’t care
There are times I’m in parties, clubs, beeches, I can be everywhere
I’m fun to be with, sincere to deal with, committed and true too
It’s my independence I celebrate, tell me, perpetrator, how does it license you?
I enjoy life’s pleasures, whether it’s fun, games, even a drink or two
I’m friendly, kind and always generous in accepting your flaws too
My roles and multi-facets are what I will decide on my own
It’s my independence I celebrate, tell me society, why does it matter to you?
I’m a woman I’m told, I have an infinite list of to-dos
If my clothes are an inch shorter or my smile a wee bit longer,
Customs, traditions, and practice will assassinate me through and through
If there’s a best practice for me that you give me to follow
Your traditions hanging precariously on my independence are completely shallow!
I’m a true woman, a born thinker like all of you
After 100s of years my true form I have found
I’ll cultivate my independence, my liberation, my freedom of expression
For the rest of my journey, never to be bound!