Shikha Gupta

Rookie (18-01-1988 / Bangalore)

Man Slut - Poem by Shikha Gupta

For 'in that old world,
The world of money & whores,
Great love was belittled.'
- Life is Elsewhere

Let's try putting this another way, Mr. K,
And let's just say that
In a world of dwarfed loves,
Whoredom has been glorified.

How else would you explain
Things the way they are.

I can't say I'm surprised, either,
At the turn of events.

Of course, things would've been a lot different
If I could've just learnt.
Learnt to feign anger
And humiliation;
To appear vulnerable now
And then indignant.
If I could've suppressed laughter
With annoyance,
Or said I'm sad
And laughed inside...
If I could feign anything but
Weary indifference,
Things might've been 'right'.

But I won't take all the blame
This time.
You know as well as I do
That it's partly because you lied.
No, there's nothing wrong with that.
People lie
When they don't know what they want.
And they don't, too,
Not long after they've
Bought into their purchases.

Now if you're not quite sure
Of what you got
Here's a little trick for you.
Just tell yourself that
This is what you wanted.
Now repeat it a hundred times...
Two hundred, if that's what works for you.
It'll turn around eventually
From being an uncertain reality.

There's just one small problem here.
You see, in this strange world of little loves
No one's going to wait that long
For you.
(Especially not her) .


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Poem Submitted: Sunday, April 13, 2008



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