About this Poem:
I wrote this poem as a love letter to my daughter, and as an ode to all daughters everywhere. Every word of the poem is inspired by conversations I’ve had with my daughter.
Every daughter deserves to know she is capable of being and doing anything she dreams. Most importantly, she must know that she can be herself and loved by the world around her.
"Baby Girl" (Lyrics)
Written by: Anuj Rastogi
Baby girl...let me tell you...
When you first entered this world and laid in these arms
My one and only thought was to keep you safe from harm
As I cut that cord from the submerged world that for 9 months you had come to know as home
I felt the pressure of two blades piercing the arteries of my heart, pushing deep into my soul
The first blade releasing a flood of tears and emotion
Leaving me unable to contain my experience of this new love's boundless ocean
But then, the second blade...severed my ties with this moment of pure bliss for just long enough to make me wish...
That you were not a girl.
Not because I did not love you as if a morning son had just risen,
but because this World casts doubt and darkness on the moon
focusing on her blemishes and scars instead of her radiance among the stars.
But then I saw that boundlessness in your eyes
Fields of promise, with no horizon
Colourful and endless skies
I came to my senses and asked myself...
Why must I feel compelled to write you a separate poem?
Why must your brothers go out while you sit at home?
No this will not be that poem.
Yours will not be that life.
Because You will be you
You will be both glue, and the surface
You will venture through caves and space without concern for saving this family's face
Your courage will inspire men
You will be the architect of your own who, what, where, why, how and when
Your voice will transform this dusty earth
Because the damsel in this dress, is not a damsel in distress
Because every single atom in your body is formed from the very rib of greatness
not from the inner remains Adam's chest
Your are not vestigial or a princess...
You are a dragon, a queen, an empress
Every single note in your voice, and nuance in your choice is sculpted by the universe to intelligently design and refine itself into something better
Do not forget that boys and men must stand on your shoulders to achieve their greatness only after being carried in your arms
Do not forget that you will be a slave or second best to no one,
Through the prism of your intellect, your light will scatter far and wide
When one boat rises, you will see all others follow as you are the tide
The Maya…. of this world will do all it can to reduce you to an optical illusion
Of skin, hair and measurements
But you will unveil this delusion
Revealing the most compelling of evidence
Setting many new precedents
You will walk through tall grasses and wade through streams
Your imagination's open flood gates will break social levies and untether new dreams
You will climb mountains and dig deeper into the core of our humanity than anyone before
The same world that says mind over matter will claim that your mind does not matter and that you should be married
And I will tell you the same
Be married to your dream
Don't let anyone ever take away from your steam
To the top always rises the cream and you are all that and more!
Tomorrow... we will lie here looking up at the passing clouds
And one day my dust will float in the air, but I will be forever proud
That I had you, that you were my daughter
You are the seed on which all this World’s rain desires to fall
And when you rise through the soil
You will will be you, and that is all...You should ever need be
You are the seed, the soil, the husk, the rain, the sun, and the moon
Let no one ever tell you differently.
That will be all
Now please...go and clean up your room
released March 2, 2017
Written, Performed & Produced by: Anuj Rastogi
Anuj Rastogi - vocals, synths, keys, programming, percussion, arrangement
Recorded and mixed at Omnesia Studios, Toronto Canada
Video by: Ozmosys Productions
Filmed & Edited by: Anuj Rastogi
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