Tokens of love and languish




Even when I was born Aphrodite, a nubile adult,
I was married off with a hideous blacksmith-
To avoid divine rivalry
As if, conspicuous beauty was a jinx.


A rattan frame – my bones
Clayey fresh river mud – my flesh
Sandpaper and varnish – my lustre
All those paints – my apparel;

Voluptuousness – can’t help
How male sculptor behold me,

And all that idolatry – that’s confluence of
Your dismay and flailing fragility.


Today, if I say all of us, on or off the pedestal,
Are goddesses and our divinity
Is the pinnacle of love, pleasure and procreation,
You’d succumb to your own prison
From sacrilege.


Set aside scorn, blinded patriarchy
See your own peril for once,
We are cynosure of genesis,
If we burn today, you burn with us.

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda. Women are revered in this country in the form of Goddesses, but people are just as quick to tear real women off the pedestal. You might even be of the opinion that women needn’t be given the position of a Goddess, just treating her as a respectable human being is enough. With this creative prompt, you can talk about this dichotomy, about a Goddess who has inspired you, a real life woman that you think is a Goddess, or anything else that comes to your mind.


12 thoughts on “Tokens of love and languish

  1. This post reminds me of Rani Lakshmibai.

    I don’t know whether women should be idolized or not (since that is a personal perspective), but they should definitely be respected.

    • Yes, that is my point to – there is no point in making them a Goddess and then not respecting them. Thanks for dropping by.

    • True Bjorn, but the prompt was about to make us write about divinity….I lean towards the human side of course, but the treatment was because of what the prompt demanded.

  2. Very thoughtful indeed….beautifully written…the last lines are nicely put in context……….in her life is Life itself……I will read more on Aphrodite after reading your post…I enjoyed that part a lot…….

  3. Of course with extremes come a dichotomy. I like that this is open for discussion. I also find much truth in your closing line, “If we burn today, you burn with us.”

  4. Women accorded the respect and not just admiration can go a long way in sustaining a relationship. It works both ways of course. Wonderful twist with innovative ideas in your take Abhra!


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