Tuesday 19 February 2019


Grandmother isn’t friends with English.
Yet she said while growing up she had heard
That when women study too much
They get “hysteria.”
She was worried for me.
Sometime between her limited, till-grade-five, formal education
And her infinite informal education
They had made sure to teach her, in more than one language,
The terms for illnesses women can contract
If they seek to expand.

First published in The Sunlight Press, 20 Feb 2019.


probe said...

There is a sense of comfort, to come here each time and find a lovely post.

Kalpana said...

Fabulous poem. I'm so happy to have found your blog.

ankita said...

Thank you for coming each time, @probe, and @Kalpana, I am glad to have found you too!

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