Questioning Stereotypes and A Wish
Radhika Mall’s poetry on womanhood as part of the 6th Woman Scream International Art and Poetry Festival 2016, in collaboration with Rhythm Divine, Kolkata
Sitting on the burning stove
I look at life today – a tradeoff
Acting to maximize one’s utility – sounds general
My rationality solemnly buried in their relation’s funeral
Why – our custom shows no practicality?
You – bride to a stranger – I don’t understand this mentality
One side – you put bars on talking to unknowns
This ideology of yours, to your followed tradition- the biggest stone
Years of pain one bears, fearing defame
It utter nonsense to sacrifice this insane
Thinking short term doesn’t help
The consequences later by everyone – deeply felt
It’s no point you regret later
Then you can’t call either of them – traitors
Not they – their parents are to be blamed
Those wrong steps they took – to prevent societal shame.
To live in peace
Neither terror, nor horror
No mandate preach lines neither their jingoistic followers
None facing atrocious suppression
A free environment
Compassion and brotherhood – the dominants
A wish – yet to be fulfilled
We ought to have our paths well built
We can’t blame any individual here
All of us are accountable for the widespread terror and fear
We need to all sit back – introspect
For each other we need to inculcate love and respect
Together if we decide to bring a change
With true determination, optimism can be spread to a great extent
No wise deed it is to play the blame game
If that’s your choice, it’s a matter of great shame
Practice your duties, enjoy your rights
To make the upcoming days happy and bright.
This poem is a creative collaboration between the poet Radhika and the artist Sufia Khatoon 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 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.
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