(To be read aloud wearing a top hat, a clicking of your thumbs, and an exaggerated voice. Have fun with all the onomatopoeia)

Zooming Zooming Zoom

Ta Da!

A fresh-pressed uniform

A badge with my name on

Shoes with a shiny sheen

And off I go in my car!

Zooming zooming zoom.

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Weeeeeeee!

Down through windy lanes

Traffic piled up all the way

I see a cop in white

And wave as I pass her by.

Zooming zooming zoom.

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Phuuuuuuw!

The tire is a bust

Pronto-

Pull out the jack               Raise the car            Loosen the lugs

Change the wheels          Tighten the lugs       Lower the car

and 

We’re Off!

Zooming Zooming Zoom.

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Trrinng!

It’s an emergency!

Zoom and race all the way.

Honk the other cars away

Scatter! Get off my path!

Zooming Zooming Zoom

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Hangar!

I clean my own car

And apply the wax on

Don’t you mess with me

I know my karate

Zooming Zooming Zoom

.

Yaaaaaaaay!

It is my payday today

I smile as always

On my way back home

I pick up ice and lollies!

Zooming Zooming zoom.

©Namratha Varadharajan

(To be reflected: Who do you think the driver was? Did the name of the cause give it away or did it strike you that it was a woman?)


INSPIRATION/CAUSE OF THE DAY: WOMEN ON WHEELS

Women On Wheels is an initiative by Azad Foundation to empower women to earn a living by training them to be professional drivers. They work with women who are in need of gainful employment. Some are from slums, others have been married early and been in abusive relationships, most do not have any education, and all of them need to support themselves and their family.

Currently, the initiative has been active in 4 cities in India. I believe this is a wonderful initiative and here are the reasons why.

  • They provide training and procurement of a driving license
  • They provide soft skills and confidence training
  • Teach self-defense
  • Help with loans for those who cannot afford it
  • A community of women drivers who can support each other.

I hope this cause spreads to every corner of the country and there are a lot more women drivers in a field that is predominantly male.


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 other posts in ‘Poetry For A Cause’ series by linking the button below.

“CHANGE BEGINS WITH AWARENESS”

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23 thoughts on “Zooming Zooming Zoom: Inspired by Women On Wheels #AtoZChallenge #BlogChatterAtoZ #NaPoWriMo

  • May 23, 2018 at 12:00 am
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    I love your theme! And not just because this post has a lot of onomatopoeia (though I do approve, considering my theme). I didn’t know anything about Women on Wheels, but I glad the program exists.

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  • May 4, 2018 at 11:26 am
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    What a brighty-sprity way to wrap up the challenge. Loved it. It always makes me so happy to see women “cab drivers”. Oddly enough they make me feel accomplished for the task that they are doing. It’s kind of uncanny and heart warming all at the same time.

    Your Poetry for Cause, rocked and like how, Namy.

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    • May 4, 2018 at 12:18 pm
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      Thank you Natasha. I think its a really strong way of empowering women, especially those who have no real skills for gainful employment.

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  • May 2, 2018 at 11:05 am
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    Fun poem. I think the happiness of completing the challenge takes over 🙂 I had fun with the letter ‘Z’ too.

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    • May 4, 2018 at 2:23 pm
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      Feels good to end the challenge on a happy note!

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  • May 1, 2018 at 12:58 am
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    Wow! This was such a lovely and fun poem, Namratha. Wonderful.
    Congratulations on a wonderful and successful A to Z.
    I loved your theme as much as the poems themselves. Shall catch up on the missed posts as soon as I can . I have returned with a richer mind,whenever I have had the chance to visit you in April. Thank you for the experience. I remember having read in one of your posts that you were juggling many things during April, and therefore, the fact that you have completed the A to Z so brilliantly calls for a double congratulations. Look forward to being in touch and reading more of your works in the future.
    Best wishes,
    Moon

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  • April 30, 2018 at 10:53 pm
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    Loved zoom, zoom, zooming with you to the challenge’s end. What a great initiative. Your entire theme and all your posts have been both wonderful and educational, and a brilliant forum for spot- lighting all kinds of things that deserve our attention. Thank you and congratulations on a job very well done.

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    • April 30, 2018 at 11:33 pm
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      Thank you Deborah. It is a wonderful initiative. Glad you enjoyed my atoz posts.

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  • April 30, 2018 at 1:44 pm
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    Cute poem and Azad Foundation is a very good initiative indeed.

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    • April 30, 2018 at 11:48 pm
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      Thank you Iain. Congrats for getting across the finish line too. Heading over to read your last post

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  • April 30, 2018 at 10:22 am
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    Its a wonderful cause. I remember in my old organisation , they had tied up with a cab company where women drivers were employed. One day I had a woman driver and it was such a wonderful experience see her tackle the roads like a badass girl who knows exactly what she wants

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  • April 30, 2018 at 9:40 am
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    I was reading as a woman driver in my mind.
    Fun read. Congratulations in completing the challenge.. zip zap zoom ride it has been.

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  • April 30, 2018 at 8:08 am
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    O so sweet I liked your poem zooming zooming zoom . Although I couldn’t guess but yes it’s a very good start up for women . Lovly post

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