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Of My Own

Inilash Remot

For days on end I've looked beyond
The tall boundary of an old apartment
Where trees have swayed and broken leaves,
Keep filling the cracks in the cement.

Reading Emily, Woolf and Nasreen
I don't cover my feathers anymore
Neighbouring men and women intervene
They can dislike what I am free to adore.

A mind full of ideas and not fears,
Of novels, poetry and legends before
The death of another Judith Shakespeare
Only I have the keys to my door.

Space for my ceramic blues and ginger tea,
Wild skirts and the scent of flowers
Hair unbound in this sunny balcony,
The chaos of feminity. Power.

While eyes follow me with authority,
To tell me what I can't do, what I don't know,
My ambitions mistaken for penis envy,
But you can't fool a phenomenal woman, a by-heart Angelou.

Is it this tropical skin or the mystic bindi?
Are you staring at the outline of my breast?
I couldn't care less, in my easy chair in the balcony
I've grown. Every woman is a Goddess.

The tall boundary is crumbling to the floor,
New trees grow tearing through the rigid stone;
Virginia found the room she was looking for,
And I? I've found a sky of my own.

 

This work has been published in Beetle Magazine's July 2020 Issue

Illustration by Dhanashree Pimputkar

 


18 comments

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    Debu
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    R C JAIN
  • Brilliant , very nice poitry

    Subhash Singh ramala
  • Excellent expression of a young girl yearning to break the mould. Good job!!! Keep writing.

    Sushil Kharkwal
  • Excellent expression of a young girl yearning to break the mould. Good job!!! Keep writing.

    Sushil Kharkwal
  • Brilliant.

    Harpal Singh
  • Excellent. Keep it up.

    Parthasarathi Biswas
  • Nice, keep it up.. 👍

    KR Rathi
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    u singh
  • Excellent.keep it up.god bless you

    Deepak Kumar
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    Deepak Kumar
  • Great 👍

    Ankana
  • wonderful
    Umesh Kataruka
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    Anil Pant
  • A mind growing with full of ideas.
    Nice one.

    TKGhosh
  • Excellent work

    Gajendra Singh
  • Amazing piece of work

    Devi Singh Silotia
  • Excellent work and imagination.

    R V Singh

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