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Let them all turn blue

For  once, she’d all mighty Gods shew

With her awakening -all myths,

Legends and folk tales- would die.

These till now did rule and preside

From whence women emerged weak

And in shame  tipped down a biased scale…

None would cower, from a striated life.


Helen held hands with Penelope,

Calling onto Sappho, Medusa and

Ladies deemed to have witchery in their eyes

Sat side by side, weaving a new myth

For the woman of today…

Lady be wise,  Lady be kind.

Lady never let anyone your eyes blind.


Lady be courageous. Lady be curious.

Lady be gentle, yet stern

Lady say no to blame, and shame.

Shed layers of humiliation, times have

embedded; your psyche well-arm.

No arrows of untruth dare rip bits of you away.

Be no symbol of temptation, from now

Dare hold your steady gaze under sway.


With Demeter and Prosperine

Return sure as spring

Chirping messages of sisterhood

A fistful of blueberries hold tight,

Brambles might rip your clothes, yet no spindle

Dare tear the fabric of your core.

Blueberry lady be courageous.

Look how your tongue trails across your lips!

Licking the last trace of blue berries.

A child of the wild, you can’t be tamed

By gaze, glare or hushed restraint.


© Mumtaz N Khorakiwala

(Batool Idrish Siamwala)


Blueberry Girl is inspired by Neil Gaiman

Myths in backdrop

Myths & Fairy tales : Most myths and  fairy tales are male-centric or  misogynist. The writers use masculine writing, belittling women.

Helen: Helen of Troy

Penelope: Odysseus’s faithful wife who waits patiently for her traveller husband to return.

Sappho: Greek poet

Demeter and Prosperine: mother daughter seperated by Pluto

Sleeping beauty:  goes into an elongated period of sleep because of a curse her father incurred at her birth. The spindle is the cause, and is a phallic symbol.

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