(see information about the occurrence below, under the poem).
Maya Angelou calls me a phenomenal woman
I stand tall, side by side, with a man
Yet, I am powerless in face of violence
There, in place of my wit, all I had was silence
When my life turned upside down
In one bus ride across the town
It took six brute men to silence me for the night
When the darkness ended and I saw the light
“I want to live”, I said, fiercely determined
“I want to see the culprits punished”
I may be beaten, lost my intestines
But I have guts, to nail those swines
With or without you, I shall fight
My confidence doesn’t waver, not slight
Though, I am fighting fevers and infections
I haven’t lost my spirit, I’m telling you in my letters
Will you stand with me, for the sake of all our sisters?
Else, evil will infect everything like blisters
I have love in my heart to win the world over
I have anger in my heart to make the Gods cower
I also have forbearance and patience
I have endured for centuries, this nonsense
Now I ask you, my brothers, to speak for me
Against evil, speak on behalf of me, speak with me.
On December 16, 2012, at 9:30 pm, a young woman and her male friend were attacked in a city bus, in Delhi, India. The male friend was beaten, and she was gang raped, and brutally sodomized, and then both were left for dead. Despite loosing her intestines, being on the ventilator, fighting infections, and going through surgeries, this brave woman has not deserted her will to live and her determination to get justice and seeing the culprits punished. She communicated that through letters. The poem above is in honor of her spirit. And for things to change, the men must be as outraged, as women. (Additionally, here is my another poem, previously dedicated to women http://bit.ly/UUQcmN).