Bijay Kant Dubey


The Woman, Traditional & Feministic, Conservative & Working - Poem by Bijay Kant Dubey

The woman
Traditional and feministic,
Conservative and working,
Withing the Lakshmanrekha
Circled and drawn
Around the courtyard,
Doing the housework namelessly
without an identity,
Unable to utter the name
Of her godly husband
Whose name she cannot
and even if she by mistake
It will be a sin
As the husband ids God,
Sati, Savitri,
Sita
And for her the husband
A Satyavan
Lying under the banyan tree,
She serving him,
Cooking food, looking after,
Massaging the legs
Like a servant.

The woman
Living in the circle
Of the family,
The house
And its adjoining courtyard,
The woman under the veil,
Ghumtawalli, Pudahwalli, Burquawalli,
Feeling shy and coy,
Talking not with the other men,
Living under the veil,
The purdah,
Hidden
And shaded from,
Under the cover,
Shadow of the husband,
The woman,
Traditional woman,
Familial woman,
Conservative,
But not so,
Made to live and believe
In such a way.

But the modern woman,
The woman of today
A liberated one today
Calling herself
Modern, modernist, post-modern,
Goggleswalli
In the dark sunglasses,
The goggles
Looking like a heroine,
Dating and smiling
And going,
A city girl,
A townsman,
seen at the city centre,
The town square,
Smiling beautifully
In the dark glasses,
Looing like a heroine,
A cine star, an actress,
A theatre girl,
Romantic and lovely and cute,
Taking fast food
In a restaurant.

Topic(s) of this poem: art


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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 16, 2015



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