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Death of a Soul

March 25, 2016 | By

Ritesh Agarwal’s poetry on womanhood as part of Rhythm Divine’s collaboration with 6th Woman Scream International Art and Poetry Festival 2016, initiated by Jael Uribe.

Poetry by Ritesh Agarwal

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Painting by Sufia Khatoon

Darkness scares me, and so do men
My soul lies ripped, torn and slain
My heart pounds hard, as memories haunt me
That torturous night, when men cornered me
The moon screamed aloud, stars couldn’t speak
As the night swooped on me, and devoured my shriek
It was ten years ago, but my scars are still raw
Such a trauma, such a horror, never again I saw
The sky was aghast, the leaves murmured a protest
As my clothes were torn, and my soul laid to rest
Rain pelted down, as the men moved away
It washed over my body till the outbreak of day
I bled, I sweated, I shrieked in my fear
The merciful rain blended faithfully with my tear
No more ambition left, I have now no goal
My body stays alive, it is the death of a soul…..

This poem and painting is poet Ritesh Agarwal and artist Sufia Khatoon’s collaborative 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.

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Ritesh Agarwal, 30, is currently pursuing Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University. He lives in Calcutta with his parents and three rabbits.
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