Of Womanhood

Of Womanhood

You first rape me
Then you plunge
A rod of iron
Through my vagina
Tearing out my womb
My intestines plop out
Blood gushes like a warm river
In which you bathe
Rejoicing that you have
What you perceive
To be my womanhood.

You stride out victor
As a shroud
Of silence,
Of secrecy
Is spread out
Over my torn body
Covering up
What is believed by them
To be my womanhood

My remains are
Hurriedly consigned to the flames
In the name of rituals
And religion
Which had made me an outcast
Labelled me a lesser being
Destroying evidence
Of all that is believed
To be my womanhood

This body
that you lust for
And abhor
At the same instant
That you plunder
and destroy
And wish to possess
Is what you believe
To be my womanhood.

This you may take
May tear open
May cut to bits
But the mind that resists you
Even as the soul leaves
This shell
That which you
Cannot ever possess
Cannot ever destroy
Cannot ever conquer
Cannot ever chain
That is your feared womanhood.

That has survived
That is the consciousness that
Has spread among
Those that remain
Those who too
Have vaginas and wombs
And hips and breasts
And know their end too
Might come with an iron rod
Between their thighs
For that is death’s latest style
For those of the womanhood.

Footnote: Brutal rapes and killings on the rise in the country. Only deep seated hatred for women can cause such crimes. Womanhood or manhood for that matter is not a question of choice. But being human is.

Vineetha Mekkoth
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About Vineetha

Poet, writer, translator, editor Based in India. Has published poems in various anthologies. Is on the translators panel of the Kerala Sahitya Academy. Her poems have been included in the Brian Wrixon anthologies 'Words on the Winds of Change' and 'Women of One World'. She has also coauthored a poem with Gaurangi Patel which has been included in the 'Duet Anthology' brought out by XpressPublications. She has been selected for the ICOP Critics Award for March 2015 and her poem 'Reflections' is on the list of Highly Commended poems for the month selected by Destiny Poets, UK. In April 2015 her poem was published on the blog 'Incredible Women of India'. In the same month, April 2015, her poem 'Ashtavakra' was chosen as the Poem of the Month by Destiny Poets' International Community of Poets. In July 2015 her poem 'Nightscape' was one of the Highly recommended poems by Destiny Poets. So too in October 2015 her poem, 'Peace Always' was in the list of Highly Recommended poems by ICOP. Has been co-editor of 'Umbilical Chords: An Anthology on Parents Remembered'. Her debut poetry collection, 'Ashtavakra and Other Poems' was published in August 2017 by Authorspress, New Delhi

8 thoughts on “Of Womanhood

    1. Vineetha Post author

      Rashmi, such tragedies are occurring in our society. I just held a mirror to it and to the mind of women. Fear of rape or violence should not ever shackle us. Thank you for reading.

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    The casual reader might very well find themselves shocked by the intensity and emotive power of this poem. It is ever the hallmark of a true Poet that they address and challenge the prevailing injustices within Society.

    1. Vineetha Post author

      Louis sir, am honoured by your words. It is sad that human beings can be so cruel to fellow beings. A reflection of what goes on in their minds. If this poem will help bring about a change even in a miniscule way then I believe my very purpose in life has been fulfilled. Thank you, sir

  2. ramesh rai

    Unforgettable incidence in human history. Reminded me of the day when thousands candles were lit in her memory. She is still burning and crying for justice. Very powerful write.

    1. Vineetha Post author

      Ramesh ji, thank you for reading this. This is not of the Nirbhaya incident. On April 28, a few weeks ago, a similar incident took place in Kerala. A girl called Jisha was the victim. Such incidents are on the increase and that is horrifying. Thank you for stopping by.

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