They whisper as I walk in them, few promises

in their weaves, pleats sashay along the way

as I walk that extra mile to get further closer

to you and your spoils, to get farther from where

we were told to belong, in their names, surnames,

family names, related males, mellow voices,

smothered choices, permitted vices, vicious cycles,

cycles of life, life leanings, seeking inclusion,

fearing seclusion, secluded missions, missionary

positions, positions of power, powered nights,

knights in shining armour, armed with lies,

serenades, accolades to disarm you and then

walk away when you cry, tears hold no meaning,

he will leave you to weep and fight alone.


Let's walk into our home,

pitch tents with sarees, play with sunlight,

play with all that their poets wouldn’t want,

slay the lies, slay the shame, let's make lust-

in a home with no broken promises,

we keep our word and keep out the world,

make amends and make women out of us.



About Barnali Ray Shukla
Barnali Ray Shukla is a writer and filmmaker. Her writing has featured in literary journals and anthologies. Her first book of poetry, Apostrophe, was published last month by RL Foundation for Poetry & Allied Arts. Her debut feature-film as a writer-director, Kucch Luv Jaisaa, was released in May 2011. Her documentary, Liquid Borders, was invited to film-festivals across North America and Europe and across India. She is currently editing her second documentary film.

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16th Feb, 2018
Thank you Fatema. This makes it rather special.
15th Feb, 2018
Brilliant poem!
15th Feb, 2018
๐Ÿ™Thank you Ausaja.
S M M Ausaja
14th Feb, 2018
"Lets make lust" is epic!
14th Feb, 2018
Yes, thank you so much Johnson.
14th Feb, 2018
Thank you so much Saurabh
14th Feb, 2018
Thank you Vinita ๐Ÿ™
Johnson Thomas
14th Feb, 2018
Wonderfully plural
14th Feb, 2018
So beautiful. Truly!
Vinita Agrawal
14th Feb, 2018
Lovely! A whisper like rendition of delicate thoughts and emotions.
14th Feb, 2018
Thank you so much, Deepa!
14th Feb, 2018
Thank you so much Ritajaya.
Deepa Chander
14th Feb, 2018
Very poignant and so true, love it
Ritajaya Banerjee
14th Feb, 2018
Loved this one ! Could relate so much to few parts !!! Touched !