The Feminist Poetry by Nalini Priyadarshni

As the empowerment week goes on, we want to share with you this piece of poetry written by Nalini Priyadarshni, an Indian feminist writer and editor. The poem sheds light on the topics of self-acceptance, self-love and self-presentation.

 

Ananku

 

Femininity that goes unaccepted remains unforgiving

vengeance of Kamakhya in month of Ashaad

Brahmaputra devoid of ichor

corroding muliebrity till it shrivels into a vestigial flicker

 

Decades later, when lovers celebrate your womanhood

you fail to find beauty in yourself

no matter how long you gaze at mirror

reflecting your glistening nakedness

after vigor of copulation

 

Half hearted attempts to love what you could not accept

does nothing to assuage the annihilation

you fostered in the pit of your womb

sown by the discontent of your mother at your birth

reiterated into a receptacle of guilt

that outweighs rings of smoke you blow

by rolling joints of any self esteem accrued

despite waging endless war with hirsutism

 

We don’t always get to choose our battles

certainly not those that start with

a blade wedged against our necks

but end them we must, with shakta striding atop

Femininity that goes unaccepted remains unforgiving

 

Embrace your power and uniqueness!

 

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