I thought it was the child marriage that had to be eradicated
I thought the right to education of a girl child was at stake.
I thought it was the domestic violence that was a menace.
She was never really safe at home, but she did dream of a larger
World out there where she would be empowered …..
The man at the helm of affairs hated her …
That silent conspiracy among men when they hate a woman climbing a ladder
By her own efforts not because of a profitable chance association………
This time, the cost was her life for taking a salary and nothing else…………
(The true incident of a young girl Rasila Raju , a soft ware employee of Infosys in Puna murdered at the premises of her work place by a security guard. Victim had reported sexual harassment at workplace to her family)
I may not have left red blotchy
letters on the bathroom floors
I may not have left pink
Lipstick kisses on papers or cards
I simply never felt that at any age
I was fighting unwanted attention
all my life
Broken glass pieces on my fence
and I was accused of seeking attention
When I was giving it
The only aspect of my cognition
that saved your life
Saviors die several times
for taking the responsibility
of someone else’s survival
unable to armor another with a purpose to live
I could read you like a book
I could complete you like a poem
I could paint you like a hero
I could touch you like a child
I could hurt you like a memory
I closed my eyes across the hall
I could feel the ocean , swirling waves of water
I could not swim to the shore
When I opened my eyes
You were running away
You saw that I was dangerous for the first time…..
Because you were in the same ocean
but were oceans apart…..
He wrote about the
woman who accepted &
woman who rejected
with equal longing ….
It was always about his longing
Never about her !
If you loved me
If you could convince me
every touch was mutual
If you could touch me
everywhere and anywhere
that defined me
If you could show me that
every natural curve was indeed
natural , show me why she was
silent and never spoke in touches ….
And then wrote a poem in words
It would be the biggest violation
of my body suffered by my mind…..
To be just a focus of your sensations
reduced to words
To summon & sustain your erection each time you
read the poem and so do all others…..Gosh….No ….
Intimacy resists this violation……….my love….
Flickering light in that room
fear spread like an oily liquid
I stubbed out the light from my bare hands
So that I wont be seen nor see
Hands did not burn till I heard your voice like a caress
Ocean did rise like a natural disaster……
She never thought it to be a power to attract a man nor a weakness to be attracted. Men chased the one who ran. And sometimes one man pretended to be many. At other times too many pretended to be the one. They tried the same strategy, blaming her for the run as if she had suggested a chase. Being louder than words, no one spoke to her they merely guessed her. In their guesses they revealed themselves.