THE WILL OF AMRITA PRITAM (source unverified)

Amrita Pritam was a famous Indian writer. One of the early female writers who lived in undivided India and Pakistan.

Don’t let the unverifiable source prevent you from enjoying these beautiful words.

Fully conscious and in good health
I am writing today my will …

After my death
Ransack my room
Search each item
That is scattered
Everywhere in my house
Donate my dreams
To all those women
Who between the confines of
The kitchen and the bedroom
Have lost their world
Have forgotten years ago
What it is to dream

Scatter my laughter
Among the inmates of old-age homes
Whose children
Are lost
To the glittering cities of America

There are some colours
Lying on my table
With them dye the sari of the girl
Whose border is edged
With the blood of her man
Who wrapped in the tricolor
Was laid to rest last evening

Give my tears
To all the poets
Every drop
Will birth a poem
I promise

My honour and my reputation
Are for the woman
Who prostitutes her body
So her daughter can get an education

Make sure you catch the youth
Of the country, everyone
And inject them
With my indignation
They will need it
Come the revolution

My ecstasy
Belongs to
That Sufi
Abandoning everything
Has set off in search of God

What’s left
My envy
My greed
My anger
My lies
My selfishness
Cremate with me


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