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‘Black’ and ‘I Am Alive’: by Sufia Khatoon

March 25, 2016 | By

Poetry on womanhood as part of Rhythm Divine’s collaboration with 6th Woman Scream International Art and Poetry Festival 2016.

Poem 1

Black

 

 Sufia Khatoon's artwork for her poems

Sufia Khatoon’s artwork for her poems contribution as part of the 6th Woman Scream International Art and Poetry Festival 2016, the Kolkata chapter of which is being held on March 26.

Too black,
Paint me white,
White as dove, flawless
Milky white to touch and heal,
The filthy rotten flesh of your world.

I never said,
“Buy love, buy a body white,
Label it wife or whore,
It’s free, it’s cheap.”
You say I shade the
Night, my olive skin
Not bright for you to love.

Love, you can be shallow,
The flesh, a carcass of desire,
Imprints your soul,
Searching deep lost holes to ride.
Your eyes lusty,
Your conscious blind,
Your love empty,
Your soul black.

My face colourless,
My body shapeless,
My ambitions fiery,
My love dreamy,
My soul free.

Too black your world,
Paint me a woman,
A woman with life.

Poem 2

I Am Alive

Beneath a man,
I wait, he scratches
His libido, he forces
Life, I am brainwashed,
He is the giver,
I repeat,
Giver is God.
Listen and obey or
burn in this
hellish world.

I walk beside a lake,
Translucent water sipping
my tired feet,
Why bind life?
Do dreams live in hell?
They have sinned so often,
Luring uterus to believe in life.

He groans and moans,
An overfed senseless child,
I write on sand,
life is beautiful,
I am alive,
I am a woman.

This poem and painting are the poet’s contribution as part of the 6th Woman Scream International Art and Poetry Festival 2016, the Kolkata chapter of which is being held on March 26.

Read more poems as part of the Art and Verses: Rhythm Divine Collaborates with Woman Scream 2016

Rhythm Divine and Learning and Creativity

Rhythm Divine Poets in association with Art Fair celebrates the strength of woman on the occasion of woman’s month in March by promoting art and poetry festival in the city of Kolkata. To raise voice against violence on woman is the mutual goal. These associations will lead to Rhythm Divine  coordinating Kolkata chapter of the global event called Woman Scream International Poetry and Art Festival on 26th March by Women Poets International
Movement (Mujeres Poetas Internacional MPI) from the Dominican Republic, and coordinated by Jael Uribe, MPI’s President.

The Kolkata chapter is  co-sponsored by Incredible Women of India, Manya Education Pvt Limited and The Princeton Review hosted by the Berlia family in Kolkata.

Print partner
SIBCO Overseas Pvt Ltd and Admakers

Gifts sponsored by
Readomania

Radio Partner
Radio One 94.3FM

Online Web media partner
Incredible Woman of India and
Calcalling Print Partner News Beat

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Readomania,
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Partnered by
Hamari Sanskriti,
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Ahava Communications

 

Sufia Khatoon is a social activist managing Our World Our Initiative, a social and philanthropic initiative to help underprivileged focusing on helping old people, children and orphans who are forced to beg or earn on the Streets. As an Art curator of Art Fair and artists she has exhibited her works in eminent galleries in Kolkata like Mirage Art Gallery, Birla Art gallery, Academy of Fine Arts, Chemould Art Gallery,  ICCR, Shrimati Art Gallery with more than 20 groups shows in 2 years. She has been featured *India Positive, CNN IBN*, Femina, Telegraph, Times of India, Taaza Tv various online portals, magazines and websites for her social and artworks... She is a young passionate enthusiast who loves to live her life. Writing for her is survival...without which she would lose her vision. Her poetry has been selected for various national and international anthologies namely Magnitude by IIA, Umbilical Cord by Rejected stuff, Milange by Poets corner, Kaafiyana of Delhi Poetry festival, Create2inspire initiated anthology The Dawn Beyond Waste, Avadh Literary Festival anthology 'Lifenaama', Red Balloon Anthology, Hall of Poets, Colours of Refugess, and many more. Her short stories has been published in various anthologies life 25 Strokes of Teen Life by Grapevine,  Seasons of Love, Myraid Tales and Life Sundae, Wordweavers, etc. She is the co-founder  of Rhythm Divine, a poets' group in Kolkata which focuses on promoting poetry, organizing creative writing workshops and featuring poets live on radio. It's about poetry reaching out to people and poets evolving. She is currently working on her poetry book.
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