Kamala Das (31 March 1934 – 31 May 2009 / Punnayurkulam, Thrissur District in Kerala)
A Losing Battle
How can my love hold him when the other
Flaunts a gaudy lust and is lioness
To his beast? Men are worthless, to trap them
Use the cheapest bait of all, but never
Love, which in a woman must mean tears
And a silence in the blood.
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