Each of the experiences in this piece are real but they are not all mine. They are based on real things said to some of my friends who shared them with me.


I stretch and bend and twist and turn

To remove that unsightly body hair

To look shiny and smooth and feminine

And follow the paid photoshopped actress

Who makes a V with her fingers

Telling me, victory lies not within.

I stretch and twist and turn in bed,

Staining the sheets, guilty again.

Should have lied still.

I lie still, years later, his words etched in my brain;

You put that ‘thing’ inside. You’re not a virgin.

Tiny ‘thing’; sanitary product & crusher of egos.

I stretch and twist and turn and bend

My dreams. Ambitions. Goals.

‘Aeronautical Engineer’- I laugh to myself,

As I stretch the atta for the gol roti,

Teaching my daughters

To dream…

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