Dear Young Woman, in your world of privilege…the Choice is Always Yours.

“Sixteen per cent of #youngwomen aged 15 to 24 experienced….violence in the past 12 months.”

UN Women.


When words fail you,
as you are interrupted
again, and yet again,
just smile, sip your wine,
nod – a simple tactic
to ward off discomfit.
The danger, you see,
dear young woman,
is being articulate, radiant,
engaging with intellectuals
at literary soirees, seminars
or pre-dinner cocktails.

Play up your charm,
flaming red lips others
may lust for, or the heavy kohl
outlining your doe eyes
in a subtle invitation
with your endearing smile,
that lock of unruly hair
curling just below your danglers.
Examine his eyes –
as time wears on.
Do they betray his inebriety?
Or masked displeasure?

Or sheer affection?
The choice is yours,
dear young woman,
to indulge your fantasy
this warm summer’s day,
or as dusk gently sets.
A night of passion
with a stranger,
who may love you,
or hurt you, scar you,
the choice is always yours.

Published by Jayshree Tripathi

Jayshree Tripathi lived in diverse cultures for over thirty years. Her late husband was a career diplomat in the Indian Civil Service. Jayshree received her Master of Arts Degree in English Literature from Delhi University (1978) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Rights Law (2001, Distance Education Programme) from the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru. She has been an educator and examiner in English Language and Literature for the International Baccalaureate Organization and their trained Consultant. Jayshree has worked in print media in the late ’70s and ’80s and calls herself an 'arranger of words', of narrative verse and short fiction. She continues in raising awareness about adult literacy in India and ‘women helping women’- #HelpHerWalkForward. Jayshree, as the eldest of five daughters, includes her maiden surname in her writing. On Twitter @JayMTrips. On LinkedIn

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