Kamala Das Poems

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1.
An Introduction

I don't know politics but I know the names
Of those in power, and can repeat them like
Days of week, or names of months, beginning with Nehru.
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2.
The Looking Glass

Getting a man to love you is easy
Only be honest about your wants as
Woman. Stand nude before the glass with him
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3.
The Freaks

He talks, turning a sun-stained
Cheek to me, his mouth, a dark
Cavern, where stalactites of
Uneven teeth gleam, his right
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4.
The Old Playhouse

You planned to tame a swallow, to hold her
In the long summer of your love so that she would forget
Not the raw seasons alone, and the homes left behind, but
Also her nature, the urge to fly, and the endless
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5.
Words

All round me are words, and words and words,
They grow on me like leaves, they never
Seem to stop their slow growing
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6.
Relationship

This love older than I by myriad
Saddened centuries was once a prayer
In his bones that made them grow in years of
Adolescence to this favored height; yes,
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7.
Love

Until I found you,
I wrote verse, drew pictures,
And, went out with friends
For walks…
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8.
Summer In Calcutta

What is this drink but
The April sun, squeezed
Like an orange in
My glass? I sip the
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9.
In Love

O what does the burning mouth
Of sun, burning in today's,
Sky, remind me….oh, yes, his
Mouth, and….his limbs like pale and
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10.
The Suicide

Bereft of soul
My body shall be bare.
Bereft of body
My soul shall be bare.
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