Daughters: A Poem by Ketaki Mazumdar


No one can ever take away your identity.

You wear the badge of a Braveheart.

Your beauty is in the feminine way you love.

The world gifted daughters with pride.


Then there were those who defiled you,

Killed their daughters before birth or after.

Branded them burdens, to be married off or raped.


Then was created the rebel, with burning anger.

The Durga, the Kali of fiery eyes,

Violence of justice denied with unforgiving destruction.

Daughters of courage, resilience, spirits unleashed…

Fiercely protecting the ones they loved.

Daughters can be the flame of joy,

Or when betrayed leave it burning.