Mallika Sengupta (27 March 1960 - 28 May 2011 / Nadia, West Bengal / India)
Insignia Of Blood
Man, I've never raised my arms against you
Slitting the hair-parting the day you drew the insignia of blood
I felt pain, I didn't tell you
On dry soil no rose blooms, no peacock dances
Yet digging the sandy terrain we drew water
With son on the lap have watched glow-worms, pointed out Orion.