How many things and how many people do I need
In my life so that I can be considered complete?
As I transition into an adult independent
You say looking for my better half should be my intent
Then comes motherhood which is supposed to complete
Me as a woman, what can the joy of having a child beat
After all, but then if taking care of children is all I do
You expect me to find a career that fulfills me too..
If I fall short of any of these expectations
If I fail to live up to societal obligations
Am I then a woman incomplete or inadequate?
This is precisely the insinuation that makes me upset…
I’m not trying to rebel, and these expectations alone
Are each perfectly reasonable on their own
The idea that irks me is that of being incomplete
Until these arbitrary milestones I have claimed as a feat
So what if I do not find a partner
Or do not want to or cannot be a mother
Or cannot establish a career that fulfills me
Does that mean I do not get to be
A whole person, as if I am part of a jigsaw puzzle after all
Looking for other pieces to fit my edges, so I can call
Myself perfect, complete, checking all boxes indeed
I am a whole person, why do appendages I need?
I am a whole person, and I need around me
People who feel complete themselves, and can see
Me as the person I am, with my strength and weakness
Grow themselves and allow me to grow in the process..