Only words

Once you were a sister
Once you were a wife
Once you wore a sari
Once you wore the sacred chain
Once you worshipped Shiva
Once you were a mother

Now you are a comrade
Now you are a combatant
Now you carry a gun
Now you wear a cartridge belt
Now you worship Mao
Now you are a killer

Wish you would be a friend
Wish you would be a lover
Wish you would wear jeans
Wish you would wear bangles
Wish you would worship peace
Wish you would be an ordinary woman

Wish I could reach out to you
Wish you would listen
Wish you would look into my eyes
But you don't need to
I have only words
You have the gun