When a strong woman is born
Her parents sigh with relief
They know this little baby one day
Will hold their hands to light.
When a strong woman grows up
Her clan celebrates
In her gimmicks they see
The big things she will do to bring honour to them.
When a strong woman marries
Her new family becomes more confident
Her silent power keeps the home, warm
And their days busy and full.
When a strong woman gives birth
Her child/ren enters this world fortunate
To have a role model at home
And grow up into a strong person because they know no weakness.
But it is when the storms come
The thunder paralyses others
That the value of a strong woman
Will be felt the most
When the droughts dry up life on earth
The spring of life of a strong woman
Will keep her family and community from perishing.
Dedicated to one such 'strong woman' in my life, my sister Purnima Chanam on the occasion of her birthday on 20th December 2020.