Friday, November 27, 2009
Feature: Tikuli Dogra Day 6
She watched the mob with vacant eyes
Tied for last five hours to the tree
Blood tricked down in a steady flow
On her tear streaked cheeks
The tattered remains of
What were her clothes
Hardly covered her broken frame
The evening sky resembled
The color of her bleeding soul
She glanced sadly at her teenage son
And the husband she had so loved
They had headed the mob
The hysterical crowd was getting impatient
"Kill the bitch"" teach her a lesson"
More shouts, abuses, accusations,
Contempt burned her soul
With shame and fear
A flash of blinding pain
Shot through her head
A sharp rock hit her forehead
She winched and shuddered
But drank all the pain
Hurt and sorrow
The blood oozed from the gash
And flowed on the pile of rocks
And stones near her feet
The mob began to become a blur
Her body ached and so did her heart
The breath came slowly
And soon her eyes closed
Relieving her of all the miseries
Of being a woman
The police like mute spectators
Watched the "mob justice"
Rooted to the ground
Her crime, supposed infidelity
Her silence, the sign of guilt
Her punishment, to be stoned till death
© Tikuli Dogra (Published on Associated Content)
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Q: How has poetry changed your life?
A: Writing poetry is therapeutic for me. I mostly write for my own pleasure and it is very recently that I have started to learn the technical aspect of poetry writing. It has opened new doors for me as a reader and as a writer. Poetry writing helps me connect with myself. It has brought tremendous change in me as a person and I consciously respond to this change as it unfolds. Writing poems brought me into contact with new friends, poets, writers and it has helped me to learn to think rationally and more deeply about the world and my own experiences. I have become more confident and willing to graduate from pleasure writing to actually writing for a wider readership. It has also helped me explore new dimensions of writing, to allow myself the pleasure to soar beyond the limitations of mind.
Q: What advice would you give beginning poets/writers?
A: Be open and receptive to criticism, advice, suggestions and learning is all I would like to say.
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