She was born in the Seven Sister States,
Which witnessed insurgency since decades.
An activist and someone who heralded the urgency of
She protested when the “Malom massacre” brought forth
Fellow men’s plight.
Treading the footsteps of the Mahatma, to hunger strike she resorted
A tube inserted through her, her spirits could not be thwarted
Sixteen years transpired but she carried on undeterred,
Her ideals of Peace and Democracy were all that mattered.
Felicitated with an array of awards she was declared a ‘prisoner of conscience’,
Also christened “The Iron Lady” she rose to prominence.
The support of people came from far and wide,
It steered her through, and she took things in her stride.
On August the ninth , sixteen years after she took the vow,
She declared her will to break the fasting row,
She wished to live, she wished for matrimonial bliss,
But her own people made her feel that something was amiss.
She longed for love, she longed for a life less ordinary,
She, who was a paragon of steadfastness and love.
But the world had arrows in its trove
Unwavered by the world’s indifference, she held her ground
No wonder she was called ,
Irom Sharmila- The Iron Lady !