The Female of the Species -गौरी देशपांडे

Sometimes you want to talk
about love and despair
and the ungratefulness of children
A man is no use whatever then.
You want then your mother
or your sister
or the girl with whom you went to through the school,
and your first love, and her-
first child- a girl-
and your second.
you sit with them and talk.
She sews and you sit and sip
and speak of the rate of rice
and the price of tea
and the scarcity of cheese.
you know both that you've spoken
of love, despair and ungratefulness of children.

-गौरी देशपांडे
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