When i have a daughter – Poem by Harnidh Kaur
When i have a daughter,
I hope to raise an inconvenient woman.
a bloody nuisance. a storm cloud mastering her rumbles and roars.
a difficult woman,
with questions sparkling at her fingertips and eyes that glint with magic, passion, and will.
a headstrong woman with a tongue she refuses to tame.
a nasty woman with a face that knows how to stretch only when joy pulls and tugs at its crinkled edges.
an angry woman unapologetic about how her body shakes when she snarls.
a unladylike woman whose being takes space, takes charge, takes breadth.
an emotional woman, with laughter lines etched deep into her skin like a tattooed reminder of every happiness she had.
a selfish woman, who was never taught how to shrink or cede space.
a horrible woman with no idea of what makes good women.
a siren who refuses to slice through her voicebox.
a wolf whose howls echo off her skin.
a riot barely held together by blood and bone.
a witchling reclaiming her forgotten spells.
a sliver of moonlight cutting through her own darkness.
a dragon flying off as she snarls.
a dark, deep canopy of hope dripping down faith into herself.
i hope to raise a kind woman, kind to every bit of herself.