[ultimate_heading main_heading=”Poem by Anandita Mitro – Issue.XXII : November 2016 ” main_heading_color=”#1e73be” sub_heading_color=”#8224e3″ spacer=”line_with_icon” spacer_position=”bottom” line_style=”dotted” line_height=”1″ line_color=”#1e73be” icon_type=”custom” icon_img=”id^48|url^http://ashvamegh.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Ashvamegh-ICO.jpg|caption^null|alt^Ashvamegh Journal Icon|title^Ashvamegh ICO|description^null” img_width=”48″ main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:34px;” line_width=”3″ margin_design_tab_text=””]engaging with the ‘young’ verse again…[/ultimate_heading]

Introduction to the Poet:

Anandita Mitro is 17 years old and she goes to Calcutta Girls School. She is a student of class XI.


I Need Not Be


I need not be-

The woman you dream of to be beautiful,

The girl you think of to be desirable;

Well dressed and fashionable to be modern,

Quiet and demure to prove myself modest;

Obedient to prove myself worthy and humble,

Kind hearted to prove my worth and measure;

Careful so that I may speak only chosen words,

Polite to prove myself decent and cultured;

Young in age to keep my beauty and appeal,

Attractive or dramatic to earn your attention;

A Feminist to know and want self-respect,

Submissive to the power of my womb and know that

I, a woman and a mother, am the masterpiece of Nature.