We don’t want midnight freedom,

we want only a little space on the earth;

where we should feel fearless.

We don’t expect much;

what we want is,

a little bit of understanding.

Feel our soul, not our body,

‘cause wounds on body may heal,

but not wounds to the soul.

Treat us as yourself,

not necessarily as goddesses;

what we expect from you is,

a little bit of co-operation

I am not a feminist,

nor interested in women’s lib;

I am only a fellow human being,

So let me live in this world,

along with you.

(The writer is Assistant Professor, Dept. of Microbiology, Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam)

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