Ode To The Walking Woman Poem by Tishani Doshi

Ode To The Walking Woman

Rating: 5.0

(After Alberto Giacometti )

Sit -
you must be tired
of walking,
of losing yourself
this way:
a bronzed rib
of exhaustion
thinned out
against the dark.
Sit -
there are still things
to believe in;
like civilizations
and birthing
and love.
And ancestors
who move
like silent tributaries
from red-earthed villages
with history cradled
in their mythical arms.
But listen,
what if they swell
through the gates
of your glistening city?
Will you walk down
to the water’s edge,
immerse your feet
so you can feel them
dancing underneath?
Mohenjodaro’s brassy girls
with bangled wrists
and cinnabar lips;
turbaned Harappan mothers
standing wide
on terracotta legs;
egg-breasted Artemis –
Inana, Isthar, Cybele, clutching their bounteous hearts
in the unrepentant dark,
crying: 'Daughter,
where have the granaries
and great baths disappeared?
Won’t you resurrect yourself,
make love to the sky,
reclaim the world.'

Bernard F. Asuncion 08 April 2018

Tishani, such a wonderful ode... congrats for being chosen👍👍👍

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Edward Kofi Louis 08 April 2018

Truth! ! ! There are things to believe in! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 08 April 2018

It is a great ode to walking woman having touching expression and nice theme. Thanks and congratulations for being selected this poem as the poem of the day.

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Dr Antony Theodore 08 April 2018

Will you walk down to the water’s edge, immerse your feet so you can feel them dancing underneath? Wont youj make love to the sky...... such beautiful verses.. thank u. tony

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Glen Kappy 08 April 2018

So much is said in this poem but wisely left inferred. And I like the perspective that takes us back millenia. Yes, sit women, to stand and walk again in the full measure of your worth. -GK

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Anil Kumar Panda 26 March 2020

Women re not weak anymore. They have risen to the occasion when needed. A fine tribute to all the women who fought for their rights. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful poem.

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Prabir Gayen 29 March 2019

Beautiful poem Dear ppetess.... thanks

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Lyn Paul 08 April 2018

These wonderful woman have been selfless working and thinking of others without a life for themselves.

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Savita Tyagi 08 April 2018

Such a wonderful tribute to all those strong spirited women. Loved the imagery and the metaphors.

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