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Women’s Words

March 23, 2016 | By

A richly symbolic poem dedicated to womanhood and the position of women in society.

poetry

A wordless frown is the gentle wind
Followed by a string of dry seeds

The imminent darkness may shut out
Even the voices those speak it.

A wordless frown is the gentle wind
Followed by a string of dry seeds,
Changing the grammar of the evening.

Each voice is a long tail sound
Shouting with venom,
The women are so depraved,
They will crack the bedrock of the time
They will break the strap of the humanity.

I have been listening for years
Draped in deadly power,
The priest asks to cleanse women
For him, women don’t wash themselves
For him, women belong to someone else.

Some words have more meaning
Than can be borne,
No, not women’s words
The words those spin and collide,
The words those kill them.

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Gopal Lahiri was born and grew up in Kolkata. He currently lives in Mumbai, India. He is a bilingual poet, writer, editor, critic and translator and widely published in Bengali and English language. Anthology appearances (among others) includes National Treasures, Indus Valley, A posy of poesy, Concerto, Poet’s paradise, My dazzling Bards, The Silence within, East Lit, Indo-Australian Anthology, The Dance of the Peacock, Illuminations. His works have featured in journals Indian Literature, Taj Mahal Review, CLRI, Haiku Journal and electronic publications Arts and Letters, Eastlit, Grey Sparrow Journal, Underground Window, Muse India, Poetry Stop, Debug, Coldnoon diaries He has had three poetry collections and also jointly edited the anthology Scaling Heights. He was awarded Poet of the Year, 2015 by Destiny Poets’ International Community of Poets, Wakefield, U.K.
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