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Kamala Das

Punnayurkulam, Thrissur District in Kerala
Kamala Das
Punnayurkulam, Thrissur District in Kerala
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Looking Glass

Rating: 3.8
Getting a man to love you is easy
Only be honest about your wants as
Woman. Stand nude before the glass with him
So that he sees himself the stronger one
And believes it so, and you so much more
Softer, younger, lovelier. Admit your
Admiration. Notice the perfection
Of his limbs, his eyes reddening under
The shower, the shy walk across the bathroom floor,
Dropping towels, and the jerky way he
Urinates. All the fond details that make
Him male and your only man. Gift him all,
Gift him what makes you woman, the scent of
Long hair, the musk of sweat between the breasts,
The warm shock of menstrual blood, and all your
Endless female hungers. Oh yes, getting
A man to love is easy, but living
Without him afterwards may have to be
Faced. A living without life when you move
Around, meeting strangers, with your eyes that
Gave up their search, with ears that hear only
His last voice calling out your name and your
Body which once under his touch had gleamed
Like burnished brass, now drab and destitute.
Kamala Das
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COMMENTS
Jayan 21 December 2020
I want Malayalam translation
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Bill Cantrell 08 October 2020
This is quite an amazing poem with a uniqueness that demands the eye not to leave the page! ! Very well written! ! !
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A Kamaladas brand poem. Man-woman relation is considered by her to be a formal one involving the body only.
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Bijay Kant Dubey 25 January 2020
In The Looking Glass, is she seeing her face or the beloved her face? Who is whom? The Looking Glass is a poem of man-woman relationship. Is love only sexual, bodily and physical? She asks it. Can the soul be not loved? Why to be a woman?
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Ratnakar Mandlik 06 February 2019
Secrets shared in a wonderful style.
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It is the true feelings of a woman about the man whom she loved.
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ps ss 01 February 2018
Sounding quite generalised but these r perspectives not facts
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ps ssssss 01 February 2018
How pessimistic and sarcastic
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Pissss 25 September 2018
You can do that optimistic people serving thing..You know
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9ikkie 24 January 2020
You get it! Most people dont see the sarcasm!
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sasmitarani nayak 16 January 2018
very nice and touch my hart
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Bill Cantrell 22 December 2017
Reminds me more of scratch and sniff...those perfume papers, a definite poem of today's generation, interesting take in transitions from one look to another
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