Poem by Gauri Dixit

 

Women be damned

Women be damned
Those who disguise their wings under the dupattas or shawls or whatever           scrap of clothing they have on their self
If they do not possess clothes
They cut themselves up
And cram the wings inside
Giving a damn about if the wings break or fuse with the organs that are least like wings

Wings are machines
They need to be used
They need to be oiled
They need to be polished
They need to be maintained
The skill needs to be taught, debrief, honed

Wings be damned
They demand so much
They demand the dark
They demand light
They demand days, nights and the space in between
They demand peace
They demand strife
They demand the whole life

There’s only one set that will ever fit one person in their lifetime

 

A software professional from Pune (India), Gauri Dixit writes English poetry. Her poems have been featured in multiple Indian and international anthologies. She is a regular contributor to many poetry pages and e-zines of repute such as Destiny Poets UK, Duane’s Poetree, Glomag, Kubili Cafe, Learning & Creativity, Mind Creative, Spillwords and Stanzaic Stylings. She recently won the ‘Reuel International Prize for the Most Promising Poet – 2018’. Her first poetry book In my skin, I find freedom was recently released. She loves reading, photography and traveling.

Photographer Jennifer Matthews’ poetry has been published in Nepal by Pen Himalaya and locally by the Wilderness Retreat Writers Organization, Midway Journal, The Somerville Times, Ibbetson Street Press and Boston Girl Guide. Jennifer was nominated for a poetry award by the Cambridge Arts Council for her book of Poetry Fairy Tales and Misdemeanors. Her songs have been released nationally and internationally and her photography has been used as covers for a number of Ibbetson Street Press poetry books and has been exhibited at The Middle East Restaurant, 1369 Coffeehouses, Sound Bites Restaurant in Somerville and McLean Hospital.

 

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