The Freaks Poem by Kamala Das

The Freaks

Rating: 3.8


He talks, turning a sun-stained
Cheek to me, his mouth, a dark
Cavern, where stalactites of
Uneven teeth gleam, his right
Hand on my knee, while our minds
Are willed to race towards love;
But, they only wander, tripping
Idly over puddles of
Desire. .... .Can this man with
Nimble finger-tips unleash
Nothing more alive than the
Skin's lazy hungers? Who can
Help us who have lived so long
And have failed in love? The heart,
An empty cistern, waiting
Through long hours, fills itself
With coiling snakes of silence. .....
I am a freak. It's only
To save my face, I flaunt, at
Times, a grand, flamboyant lust.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
L Milton Hankins 08 October 2020

Wow! You have penned an exceptionally expressive work. Thanks for sharing this piece which is so full of emotion and imagery!

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Mahtab Bangalee 08 October 2020

I am a freak. It's only To save my face, I flaunt, at Times, a grand, flamboyant Iust......beautiful poem on the biological desire on the name of love; we are human; we have feelings; happiness and sorrow - these two are prime fact of our mind; when we grow up and our youthfulness shows us the path of enjoyment the life thru the biological desire; like the fire it burns our inside igniting love flame; but we take disguise shelter on namesake holiness!

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Khairul Ahsan 09 October 2020

'his mouth, a dark Cavern, where stalactites of Uneven teeth gleam' - these lines are beautifully descriptive, that I loved so much! 'Skin's lazy hungers' is another expression par excellence. 'The heart, An empty cistern, waiting Through long hours, fills itself With coiling snakes of silence......' - oh, so beautifully described! Loved this imaginative poem of sensuality. It gets maximum score from me,5*****

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Sylvia Frances Chan 08 October 2021

Most deserving poem as The Modern Poem Of The Day by this very remarkable great Poetess Kamala Das.5 Stars full I honouerd her, myriads more of course. Kamala Das is a Poetess who dares to speak straight from her heart Especially for women. She lived in another age than we

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 08 October 2021

A wonderful poem beautifully written adorned with superb imagery.

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Bijay Kant Dubey 03 May 2022

A controversial writer we do not know it how it was her life fraught with controversies which she made with regard to sexual love and dissatisfaction. Was she a propagandist? Or, is she a confessional writer?

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Bijay Kant Dubey 03 May 2022

What does the word Freaks mean it? Is she a freak? What is she freaking about? She is so full of pranks about her personal life and relationship that we fail to understand. None is sure of what it happened in between. To stoke controversies is her job and to be in the media light.

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Bijay Kant Dubey 03 May 2022

How to write the biography of hers, recording it not her statements, going by her write-ups, but by her husband too? What does her husband say it about her? Is he a maniac girl? Is she love-mad?

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Bijay Kant Dubey 03 May 2022

What does she want it? How to say it? The body or the soul? Whose lover is she indeed? A worshipper of the body or the soul? Is she a Rajneeshite? An ashramite of the Rajneesh Ashrama? Is she a lover or a feminist? Is she sexually dissatisfied? What is it the truth?

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Bijay Kant Dubey 03 May 2022

A modern girl she can never be a sadhvi, but one with a tulsimala and rudraksha rosary into the hands of hers just for to show, enact the drama of love as she is not a yogi, but a bhogi. The drama of love, how to understand it, especially her drama of love?

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Kamala Das

Punnayurkulam, Thrissur District in Kerala
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