I am free!

I am free, free to do what I want to do.

As long as it falls into the socially acceptable constraints.

I am free, free to wear whatever I want to wear.

As long as it doesn't show too much skin.

As long as it fulfils my religion’s code.

I am free, free to choose my path of career.

As long as it is something my parents deem fit for me.

As long as it is something that would make my neighbours jealous with the fire of my agony.

I am free, free to be a girl and a woman.

As long as I stay indoors at night.

As long as I do not voice my opinion out loud.

As long as I conform to the choices of my father, brother and husband.

I am free, free to be a boy and a man.

As long as I do not show emotions and I do not cry.

As long as I trade my passion for a hefty job.

As long as I know that men are not soft.

I am free, free to belong to my religion.

As long as I accept it's every flaw,

and follow everything with the greatest of awe.

I am free, free to love.

As long as it is done behind closed doors.

As long as I do not confess it to the whole wide world.

I am free,

I am free,

I am free,

As long as I do not disagree.

-Salonee Sharma

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