Mallika Sengupta

(27 March 1960 - 28 May 2011 / Nadia, West Bengal / India)

Insignia Of Blood - Poem by Mallika Sengupta

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.

We know earth is woman, the sky primal man
Then why have you chained my arms?
Why didn't you let me see the sun for a thousand years?

Don't insult the earth that holds you
Man, I've never raised my arms against you.

Man, I've never raised my arms against you.

[Translated by Sanjukta Dasgupta]

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 19, 2012

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