Widows at Varanasi

They wait

at the ghats of Varanasi
their youth deprived
young bodies shorn of love
at a very tender age
before they learnt
the ways of love
They wait
for the holy fire
to touch them one day
with tongues of burning passion
to rouse
for one last time
before the flowing calm river
cools the singed soul.

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About Madhumita Ghosh

Studied at Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India. M.A. M.Phil Ph.D in English. Associate Professor in a degree college affiliated to Calcutta university. Love reading, writing poems and short stories. Translation is another passion Have translated English Romantic poetry to Bengali and Tagore poems to English.

5 thoughts on “Widows at Varanasi

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    * Editorial Note for readers unfamiliar with “ghats ” :-Ghats in Varanasi
    Ghats in Varanasi are riverfront steps leading to the banks of River Ganga. The city has nearly 100 ghats. Most of the ghats are bathing and puja ceremony ghats,


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