Canary sky, when blue is blind
I turn my face to that scorching sunlight
I have loved the sun…
its hues and its burns
I have fired my heart, just to learn and learn…
But see where I stand, yet somber and hurt
seems that the little girl has never left my hut.
‘what a rebel’ they say
‘vexed anarchist’ they say…
I throw my hands in nothingness
just to find this darkened way…
I grunt, I growl, I fight, I shout
‘mad woman’, they say
‘agile warmonger’ they say…
I weep in the shadows and put on my smartness
will I look a little weak, if I confess that I pray?
because on all my silent days
I loudly miss my man,
But o’ my feisty ways
my lies and ignorance, my sins and sham
beguiling you- as a lady of pleasure,
with all to serve except for, shame…
It looks illogical, that I voice for my disgrace
these civilizations of humiliation
after all has my Gender, to blame…
But whilst I roar with crippling toes
you might amputate me, through and through
my blaze might petrify within this gore,
but this gnast of ember; oh dear fabulist!
will engulf the mortal earth, to its core…
Have I told that my love, has seen no borders
so is this revolution, bestows none of your orders…
Nivedita Roy resides in Bahrain. She is a teacher by profession, bilingual poetess, recipient of Independence Day Literary Honors 2021 awards by Motivational Strips, the Rabindranath Tagore Memorial Honor 2022 jointly by MS and Sipay National Property of Department of Culture, Seychelles, Mahadevi Verma Memorial Samman and Nari Ratna Samman 2022, Sahityakosh Samman 2022 for excellence in Literary Endeavors. She is the author of 2 solo books and has co-authored 12 anthologies. She is on the editorial team of the ezine Brahmand: voice of the cosmos, a Literary Warrior Group initiative. Her writings are published in many newspapers and sites in India and Bahrain. She is the Moderator for the Bahrain office of Motivational strips and one of the admins for Neelam’s page. She is the founder of a page called Nexpressions on Fb.