Happy International Women’s Day everyone! Sometimes it annoys me that women are treated like amazing goddesses on this day, and praised for being super strong superwomen all the time without people ever actually vouching for change? So, I wrote this poem. Let me know what you think in the comments below! (PS – this may or may not have been inspired by Avatar)
You, woman, are
rising each day to
set each night
even though you know the pain of doing both.
You, woman, are
spreading yourself across continents simultaenously,
and sometimes even into those dark caves,
where no one else will go.
And yes, sometimes you are tsunami, sometimes you are
Some people deserve to be washed away,
I hope you make them drown.
You, woman, are
built from the mud lain before you,
growing things anew.
It’s a slow process, OK?
You’re still sprouting,
so don’t let anyone walk over you.
And you, woman, are
not a natural wonder or an unnatural disaster,
not divine nor domestic,
not anything you don’t want to be
Hello all! I am back with a new poem and a video from a slam! Woaahhh! Enjoy 🙂
The screams of patriotism reverberate throughout the house, shaking the foundations to their core. BHARAT, MERA DESH, India my country, she yells at the TV. It’s summertime so all the windows are open, and the entirety of London can hear my mum’s love for her country. She clasps her palms together, praying for India’s victory in this cricket match against Pakistan. On TV, a Pakistani is praying too, and I wonder if somewhere along the line their prayers are caught in the messy telephone line up to God, fates intertwined as the countries once were. Who will he choose to help?
My mum’s side for was chosen for
her from the day she was born in Mumbai, India, and despite having lived here
for ages, the rain and grey streets has never dampened her orange and green
flame. She tells me, ‘Priyanka, how the bloody hell can I tidy up the house,
when the fate of my entire country is resting on the tip of that bat, balancing
on the edge of that wicket’. But she tries anyways and runs back and forth
between the wickets of kitchen stove and TV, appointing me as score-keeper. She
tells me ‘we’ need to win, we need to
WIN! and I wonder if I am truly part of that ‘we’ – you see half of me isn’t
‘we’, I am ‘they’, I am ‘you’, I am also British, the Raj, the conquerors, the
colonisers, the mesmerisers, the hypnotisers, the thieves.
But then my mum charges back in
with full force, screaming. She has abandoned washing a bowl and instead
watches the bowl of Virat Kohli, India’s captain. Everything rests on this as
he lifts his arm and sends the ball flying. It was a tough one, but we did it
she says ‘Priyanka we did it’. We? Kohli takes a break and wipes the sweat from
his brow after an intense run. My mum wipes her sweat from her brow after the
intense run from the kitchen. He goes again. She leans in. Everyone in the crowd is dancing
to the beat of the same dhol and I look up again to see if God has
placed himself in the hands of someone else. Like in 1947 it was the
cartographer, taking his pencil and tearing the earth in half. In 2019, the
umpire takes his whistle and traces around the same lines.
In the TV I see the curve and
flicker of green, orange blue flags darting like fish in the sea of brown. I see
the white moon hide behind the green grass, ashamed, embarrassed, a confused
And my mum’s swearing gets louder and louder and is mixed with the beat
of the dhol, Kohli takes his last run and and YES! WE WON! We?
The orange and green flag swims high
through the air, announcing our
victory and suddenly my dadi and dada appear in the living room, ashamed,
embarrassed, confused, and start searching for the other half of their white
Hello all! I hope you’ve had a good new year so far :)! My new year began with a LOT of deadlines and returning to university, which I have now only just adjusted to. BUT (and I know I say this all the time but I mean it today!) I have now managed to adjust myself back into university life and so I will now be uploading every Sunday! To start off this week, I thought I would share my poem reflecting on things I learnt in 2018. I performed an abridged version of the full poem at the Farrago Poetry Slam (video below) which is also my first official video on the InkLit Productions channel!! WOO!! It’s not one of my best performances admittedly since I was quite nervous, however, I’m still proud of it, so enjoy!
I learnt that some lame NYE traditions aren’t actually all that lame? I still prefer drinking Shloer instead of wine and sitting on the sofa doing nothing eating pizza with my parents doing nothing but watching the BBC fireworks with my parents instead of actually going out and doing fireworks.
As humans, we didn't grow up, we grew out of the ocean, floated to the top to join the brine and enjoy the sunshine. Our fins, unraveled into lungs, we learnt the secret of breath and held the taste of air on the backs of our tongues. We danced across the shores, with sand between our toes. And that was our legacy.