By Simran Divatia



we are strong women,

juggling with our many limbs,
responsibilities and stresses,
faces unmoved

we are statues,
balancing the planets in our hands,

but even strong women falter

under weighty expectations,
pressing down our shoulders
like a parachute

we do not pull the cord
until we are too close to the ground,
do not ask for help
until we know

our legs will break.

we are strong women,

crashing back to Earth,
gasping for air, a reprieve,
a moment’s calm,
and when we find it

every dam breaks –
the rivers of the world run free


Header image by Greg’s Southern Ontario (catching Up Slowly)

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