Kamala Das
The Sunshine Cat by Kamala Das

The Sunshine Cat by Kamala Das

They did this to her, the men who know her, the manShe loved, who loved her not enough, being selfishAnd a coward, the husband who neither loved norUsed her, but was a ruthless ...

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The Stone Age by Kamala Das

The Stone Age by Kamala Das

Fond husband, ancient settler in the mind, Old fat spider, weaving webs of bewilderment, Be kind. You turn me into a bird of stone, a granite Dove, you build round me a shabby ...

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Annette by Kamala Das

Annette by Kamala Das

Annette,At the dresser.Pale fingers over mirror-fieldsReapingThat wheat brown hair.BeautyFalling as chaff in old mirrors,While calendersIn allThe cities turn….

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My Grandmother’s House by Kamala Das

My Grandmother’s House by Kamala Das

There is a house now far away where onceI received love……. That woman died,The house withdrew into silence, snakes movedAmong books, I was then too youngTo read, and my blood ...

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An Introduction by Kamala Das

An Introduction by Kamala Das

I don't know politics but I know the namesOf those in power, and can repeat them likeDays of week, or names of months, beginning with Nehru.I amIndian, very brown, born ...

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Punishment In Kindergarten by Kamala Das

Punishment In Kindergarten by Kamala Das

Today the world is a little more my own.No need to remember the painA blue-frocked woman caused, throwingWords at me like pots and pans, to drainThat honey-coloured day of ...

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The Looking Glass by Kamala Das

The Looking Glass by Kamala Das

Getting a man to love you is easyOnly be honest about your wants asWoman. Stand nude before the glass with himSo that he sees himself the stronger oneAnd believes it so, and you ...

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The Dance Of The Eunuchs by Kamala Das

The Dance Of The Eunuchs by Kamala Das

It was hot, so hot, before the eunuchs came To dance, wide skirts going round and round, cymbals Richly clashing, and anklets jingling, jingling Jingling... Beneath the fiery ...

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The Maggots by Kamala Das

The Maggots by Kamala Das

At sunset, on the river ban, Krishna Loved her for the last time and left...That night in her husband's arms, Radha felt So dead that he asked, What is wrong, Do you mind my ...

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Krishna by Kamala Das

Krishna by Kamala Das

Your body is my prison, Krishna,I cannot see beyond it.Your darkness blinds me,Your love words shut out the wise world's din.

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The Old Playhouse by Kamala Das

The Old Playhouse by Kamala Das

You planned to tame a swallow, to hold herIn the long summer of your love so that she would forgetNot the raw seasons alone, and the homes left behind, butAlso her nature, the ...

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Love by Kamala Das

Love by Kamala Das

Until I found you,I wrote verse, drew pictures,And, went out with friendsFor walks…Now that I love you,Curled like an old mongrelMy life lies, content,In you….

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Relationship by Kamala Das

Relationship by Kamala Das

This love older than I by myriadSaddened centuries was once a prayerIn his bones that made them grow in years ofAdolescence to this favored height; yes,It was my desire that made ...

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A Losing Battle by Kamala Das

A Losing Battle by Kamala Das

How can my love hold him when the otherFlaunts a gaudy lust and is lionessTo his beast? Men are worthless, to trap themUse the cheapest bait of all, but neverLove, which in a ...

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Forest Fire by Kamala Das

Forest Fire by Kamala Das

Of late I have begun to feel a hungerTo take in with greed, like a forest fire thatConsumes and with each killing gains a wilder,Brighter charm, all that comes my way. Bald ...

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In Love by Kamala Das

In Love by Kamala Das

O what does the burning mouthOf sun, burning in today's,Sky, remind me….oh, yes, hisMouth, and….his limbs like pale andCarnivorous plants reachingout for me, and the sad lieof my ...

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Winter by Kamala Das

Winter by Kamala Das

It smelt of new rains and of tenderShoots of plants- and its warmth was the warmthOf earth groping for roots… even mySoul, I thought, must send its roots somewhereAnd, I loved his ...

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Summer In Calcutta by Kamala Das

Summer In Calcutta by Kamala Das

What is this drink butThe April sun, squeezedLike an orange inMy glass? I sip theFire, I drink and drinkAgain, I am drunkYes, but on the goldof suns, What noblevenom now flows ...

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The Rain by Kamala Das

The Rain by Kamala Das

We left that old ungainly houseWhen my dog died there, afterThe burial, after the roseFlowered twice, pulling it by itsRoots and carting it with our books,Clothes and chairs in a ...

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Words by Kamala Das

Words by Kamala Das

All round me are words, and words and words,They grow on me like leaves, they neverSeem to stop their slow growingFrom within... But I tell my self, wordsAre a nuisance, beware of ...

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The Testing Of The Sirens by Kamala Das

The Testing Of The Sirens by Kamala Das

The night, dark-cloaked like a procuress, broughthim to me, willing, light as a shadow,speaking words of lovein some tender language I do not know ...With the crows came the ...

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The Freaks by Kamala Das

The Freaks by Kamala Das

He talks, turning a sun-stainedCheek to me, his mouth, a darkCavern, where stalactites ofUneven teeth gleam, his rightHand on my knee, while our mindsAre willed to race towards ...

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The Suicide by Kamala Das

The Suicide by Kamala Das

Bereft of soulMy body shall be bare.Bereft of bodyMy soul shall be bare.Which would you rather haveO kind sea?Which is the more deadOf the two?I throw the bodies out,I cannot ...

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