THAT WIDOW

– Sarikonda Narasimha Raju,

A lame duck

Not dame good luck

She has been,

Cursed by her husband.

Her Mangala Sutra

Mocking her, flew off.

The earth sank on her right

Half the open sky fell on the floor.

She, a sculpture of sand.

A pale moon she is

With the petals of a

Rosy dream falling

On tear filled, thorny eyes.

Death came in the cry

As her child died.

Moon light shrouded the baby.

To get on,

She, now machine – like

In a factory – like office.

Protected by husband —

She, now an open site.

Divine threads or

Fraternal Rakhis

Serve only as strictures.

Every moment driven by the hands of the

Clock in the office,

She clears the test of fire.

Every minute, youth wasted

On desert like office

She, an easy target.

Home, street, a speeding city bus

A servant of all in the office,

Just the same at home by evening.

No reward for her nor record

For all her salty tears of an ocean

With all her fear of colleague snakes

Her heart filled with venom.

Sundays too put her on the cross.

She is no Savitri

To bring the dead husband back

No magic feet to flee.

The earth quakes

Sleep on its lap.

Sati,

A social evil

To lie on the corpse of her hubby

And be burnt alike!

For every riddle on each step

Of Betala, she a wise quip

Of Vikramarka!

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Original Telugu Poem “ Aa Widow” by Sarikonda Narasimha Raju,

English Traslated by : “Mo” (Vegunta Mohan Prasad)

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One Response to THAT WIDOW

  1. ved says:

    I really got impressed the way the WIDOW’s condition is discribed, but i searched for the strong “administration” she has to adopt. Had the writer suggested some administration to follow,in the end, it would have been better.
    We dont need to show pity but the path to come over. Thanks for the nice poem. VED

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