I have this burning desire
to do something in life
nothing too wonderful, mind you
like running the country
or being the first woman on the moon.
Just little things
which to you or her
is trivial and within easy reach.
I’d like to start a business
something small scale would do
just to show my successful brother
I can be as enterprising as you.
I’s like to drive a car in a rally
join a mountain trekking troupe
maybe take up cinema photography
I really love the hang of it.
I’d like to direct a stage play
and act in in too.
I know I can do justice
to any role I’m called on to do.
I’d like to do something
something besides being
wife, mother and nursery teacher.
So many options they say
are open to woman these days.
But sad to say
the closed doors of my old world home
very hard to budge.
By: Gulsum Basheer
Published in Indian Express-Youthink. 3-9-1986.