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Notes on how to identify an oppressed woman

An oppressed woman looks beautiful to the eyes of its predator.
She has the most perfect face one can ever imagine.
In her eyes, she wears fear. She masks it with kohl.
Her nose is held high, lest someone suspects.
Her mouth is gagged. She never wails or attracts attention.
Her body is marked, ridiculed and trampled upon.
In the most remote corner of her heart, she has buried all her dreams and desires.

She has lost hope, faith and soul.


Enchantress said…

wish I could tell her that you are Beautiful and You too can roar like a Lion
IceMaiden said…
This was powerful, in a sad, quiet kind of way. Good writing, Anwesa. :)

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~Rabindranath Tagore
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Concealed by dark clouds
You keep shining.
Bright streaks of light
Dazzle me.
Enchant me.
And keep me waiting..
Waiting for you.

Amidst Soul-lessness

There is smoke somewhere. 
I cannot seem to figure out where. 
The lights are here, the music is here.
Has it been home here ?
Perhaps. Maybe when it did not rain.
Or maybe when it rained and it did not matter.
Maybe when I walked alone, smiling to myself. 
Or maybe when I realized I was okay.
Had it been always like this ?

Not really. 
Things clicked, took effort and blood. 
Did I do it ? Or the beasts did ? Maybe we both together,
Played this game. 
Amidst soulful solitude, it was love. 
Maybe appreciation.
Another journey, another dry spell. 
Will it ever be home again ? 

P.S. : Penned at Candies, Bandra on 11th January 2017