The Looking Glass Poem by Kamala Das

The Looking Glass

Rating: 4.0


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.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Dr Tapan Kumar Pradhan 25 August 2013

Feminist poetry at its best. I think it is an open challenge to Men. Women can easily make men love them by throwing before them armpit's sweat, periodic blood, curly hairs and polished skin - just like one would throw bread crumbs and dry bones before a dog! Superb writing though. Kamala is a powerful poet of human emotions.

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Heather Wilkins 11 July 2013

looking through the looking glass at love. a well written poem. expressing many thoughts.

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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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Bijay Kant Dubey 21 November 2022

In the loking glass she can just see the figues and figurines of Ajanta, Ellora and Konark, she can see Vatsyayana, Freud and Lawrence.

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Bijay Kant Dubey 21 November 2022

The story of love is as such, the story of relationship, but tears come to the eyes when the relationships break it when jolted by age and ageing, untimely demise and freak accident taking a toll upon or health hazard.

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Bijay Kant Dubey 21 November 2022

Our days of love are but short-lived and honeymoon continues it not for long as the relationships break it here.

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Bijay Kant Dubey 21 November 2022

The fond memory lingers on, continues to be with as long as he is with, but the things start changing drastically from the day he ceases to be a lover. His absence ditches the beloved and conspiracies make the way for.

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Bijay Kant Dubey 21 November 2022

A feminist writer, she clutches along the man-woman relationship and goes on recreating out of as we see the terracotta plates so and passionate with the figurines and sculptures indulged in love-making.

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Kamala Das

Kamala Das

Punnayurkulam, Thrissur District in Kerala
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