Dame of Mighty Mountain

Nope, not a damsel in distress
Nor a showpiece on your shelf
I will slay, no.. ride the Dragon
I will find a way to rescue myself

At the crack of dawn, I’ll lace up
And head up the mountain path
The sun in my eyes, shall not deny
The dream of peak-ing I hath

I don’t want no princes
Fight me no wars
I am complete, by myself,
I’ll dry my own tears

Do you need me to save you?
Do you need me to love you?
Well, maybe if you are worthy
I shall rescue you too.

©Namratha Varadharajan

Poetry type:

This is my first humble attempt at a BALLAD. A Ballad is usually arranged in quatrains (lines of 4) and follows the rhyming scheme ABCB. (i.e the second and fourth line of each quatrain rhymes). A ballad also usually tells a story. (oops, mine doesn’t).

Inspiration: Mighty Girls

Did you know? According to a study by a psychologist at the University of Illinois, girls as young as six don’t think they are as smart as boys!

In this post, I was lamenting how I never grew up with female ‘Superheroes’ and how I cried when I watched ‘Wonder Woman’. I guess we need to be our own heroes, our own Dames of Mighty Mountains. But, having some role models growing up can sure help our little girls bloom into self-reliant, self-assured humans of tomorrow. So, today I would like to point you towards two resources.

    1. A website for Mighty Girls: they have a huge(like really huge!) collection of unique books and stories of remarkable girls and women. Where were all these books when I was growing up?
    2. This book: Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls which has 100 stories about real-life “kick-ass” women illustrated by female artists the world over. Get it below:


For each letter this April, I shall be presenting a poem inspired by ‘something’ that is making our world a little bit kinder, a little bit greener. The ‘something’ is a mix of people, movements, thoughts, or organizations who are having a positive influence on the world around us. Read all the posts in ‘Poetry For A Cause’ series by clicking on the button below.

“CHANGE BEGINS WITH AWARENESS”

NOTE:

1. If you are inspired by this cause, feel free to use this as a prompt for your poetry or your writing. Doers DO, writers WRITE.

2. Do share your post for the current A-Z letter in the comments below and I shall be happy to visit your post. I don’t mind links. It’s easier to find you.

3. Thank you for all the love you have shown for this series until now. We have a long way to go and I hope I can keep it up!

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    • April 20, 2018 at 11:03 am
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      Thank you Jamie! Glad you enjoyed it. Mighty girls is a resource with really inspiring stories. Do check it out!

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  • April 5, 2018 at 11:56 am
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    Each line of your poem sparked that energy pulse in my body. loved the poem, loved the title. Being born as a woman is something I am very proud of and reading your poem took my pride a notch higher.

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    • April 5, 2018 at 12:26 pm
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      So glad you connected with my words Preeti. Thank you for your comment

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  • April 4, 2018 at 10:45 pm
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    This should be the New Age nursery rhyme for little girls and anthem for adult women. Liked the attitude again 🙂

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  • April 4, 2018 at 7:21 pm
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    Gone are the days of the fairy tales where the Prince is the rescuer and the Belle is helpless. In is the era of woman of substance!
    A power packed message, Namratha.

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  • April 4, 2018 at 6:27 pm
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    Yep. I we dint know what we were missing

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    • April 4, 2018 at 6:26 pm
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      I think she is more majestic than cruel

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  • April 4, 2018 at 12:10 pm
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    Wow! Wonderfully inspiring poem. I happen to have witnessed the 6 year old’s sense of inferiority vis-a-vis boys of their age. It’s heartbreaking.

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    • April 4, 2018 at 12:26 pm
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      Thank you. It is heartbreaking, isnt it? It is the social conditioning all around us

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      • April 4, 2018 at 12:34 pm
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        True. We have a huge responsibility, I feel, especially since in our society little boys are still being told that they are stronger and smarter than girls.

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  • April 4, 2018 at 12:05 pm
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    A lovely first attempt writing a ballad, Namy. I liked the last couple of lines, and moreover, women rescues many a people at trying times. So three cheers to all the women!

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    • April 4, 2018 at 12:29 pm
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      Yes Balaka. Even I have read one like that. I was initially thinking of doing a series on fairy tales retold. But I am in love with poetry currently.

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  • April 4, 2018 at 9:02 am
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    Lovely as well as inspiring poem, Namratha. It reminded me of Tina Arena’s song, “That’s the way a woman feels…”

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    • April 4, 2018 at 6:25 pm
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      Thank you for visiting Ravish. I am heading over to listen to that song now

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  • April 4, 2018 at 8:51 am
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    I think this has been your best one so far. And I loved Wonder Woman too for the same reason. I have a Wonder Woman Lego action figure hanging on my workstation in office 🙂

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    • April 4, 2018 at 6:24 pm
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      Thank you Neha😊 i think I should get myself one too

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  • April 4, 2018 at 8:28 am
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    Thank you Priya. Just trying my hand at as many forms as possible.

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  • April 4, 2018 at 7:45 am
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    your take on Ballad is beautiful. Being an English scholar, I enjoy the poems even more. Writing in poem’s genre isn’t easy. You are doing a wonderful job.

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