“Menarche wasn’t a shock though,
Mom told me there existed an Aunt Flo;
But I wasn’t enlightened yet
What I knew was a negligible bit.
Oh shoot mom! My pyjamas’ red
Into the washroom I quickly fled
Don’t worry darling, don’t fret
It’s normal: It’s the periods’ onset.
She handed me a pad and pyjamas new
I felt irritated and a little eww
I didn’t know what it exactly was
But I judged it to be totally gross.
Someone said periods are an obstacle
I can’t dance, swing and touch pickles
There was no internet around
Stupid myths did me surround
I searched my Science book
Scanned each corner and every nook
But it didn’t provide me with help, any
I then proceeded to my dictionary
At least it defined processes all
It shifted in my court the logic ball
But the best was mom’s most scientific approach
It brought me out of all reproach
I wish everyone had a guide like my mom
Who helps all of hers to happily blossom.
Author: Sugandha Srivastava
Sugandha lives in Lucknow and is a first year MBBS student at Hind Institute of Medical Sciences, Barabanki.