Deepa Agarwal

Rookie (Almora, Uttarakhand, India)

Woman On The Road To Lhasa - Poem by Deepa Agarwal

Beneath the mask
my face melts
like a jaggery cake in the sun
I can see
as I preserve the pink of my skin.

But what’s the use?
my sisters remain strangers
behind yak skin cheeks
that cannot exchange smiles
to lighten
the tyranny
of the road to Lhasa. All
blinding earth and searing sky
bleached bone and rubble
hung over a chafing saddle
feeding fleas.

when night’s black tent
enfolds the enemy, sun,
can I breathe. Let
chilly air soothe broiling skin
let laughter flow free…
as I shed the mask.

Hard it is for a woman
far from home. And
endless the road to Lhasa
beneath a mask.

Comments about Woman On The Road To Lhasa by Deepa Agarwal

  • Radhakrishnan Mundayur (3/2/2016 2:47:00 AM)

    Taking the road to Lhasa is i feel a metaphor only - the poet beautifully describes how life is tough for a woman, she has to mask herself and get through the day's challenges & yet she goes to be with laughter perhaps strengthening herself to go through the next days challenges (Report) Reply

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  • Rajesh Thankappan (2/27/2016 10:04:00 AM)

    Taking the road to Lhasa is no joke and this you have beautifully depicted in this poem though the eyes of a woman who shares her laughter after a day's hard work.10/10 (Report) Reply

  • Soumita Sarkar (2/23/2016 12:13:00 AM)

    This poem contradicts and celebrates women empowerment.....she is travelling alone yet the unfriendly landscape is burden turning everything into a mask.....Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Jasbir Chatterjee (2/19/2016 3:39:00 AM)

    Very nice poem, especially the last few lines, Hard it is for a woman, far from home. And endless the road to Lhasa beneath a mask. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • L Rao (2/15/2016 9:42:00 AM)

    Hi its nice....pls feel free to read my poems.
    laxman rao
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  • Akham Nilabirdhwaja Singh (2/11/2016 8:28:00 AM)

    Very well written.Enjoyed reading it. (Report) Reply

  • Madathil Rajendran Nair (2/10/2016 8:00:00 AM)

    I have read a fantastic poem - a rarity these days. Kudos! (Report) Reply

  • (2/10/2016 4:42:00 AM)

    The ordeals of high altitude faced while travelling on road to Lhasa in the Himalayas have been amazingly narrated by the poetess in this wonderfully penned poem along with the respite the night provides to them at places of camping.Thanks for sharing.10+ points. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 2, 2011

Poem Edited: Wednesday, May 4, 2011

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