When I Have A Daughter

By Itisha Giri

When I have a daughter,

I will pinch her every day so her skin turns to rhino hide –

so she feels no pain when cornered by a stranger’s hand at play.

When I have a daughter,

I will lash her with my tongue –

so she is ready for it when someone else calls her names.

When I have a daughter,

I will cover her room with a thousand, wide-open cutout eyes –

so she is used to someone else’s stare.

When I have a daughter,

I will teach her to disappear into thin air, like a ninja –

so she is never is in the wrong place, at the wrong time.

When I have a daughter,

I will teach her of lust and of pleasure –

so she never feels any shame.

When I have a daughter,

I will bathe her in milk tinged with acid every day,

so when someone decides to attack her,

like a snake charmer, she is immune to the venom and its decay.

*Originally posted on La. Lit

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