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The Earth Woman

written by: Dr. MOLLY JOSEPH

 

I am
the earth woman.
look deep
into my eyes...
much have l
seen, endured
molestations,
greedy hands
gnawing me out,
breaking, crushing
polluting...

look at my
shaven head
my green
wiped out...
they lend me
the pallor of
a widow
in grief...

I stand
shunning
my stunning
beauty..

the flow of
my bounty
has dried up...

the glow of
my skin
is  fading fast
stress ridden....

crevices they
have formed
on my body
deforming
my shape

they only weep
my flock of birds...

my cattle
smelling me
deep, turn away
in grief.
for they have
injected,
killing, smelling
toxins
inside me.

they fill up
my bowels,
with plastic
that lie
encrusted
within my deeps
in soil, and
life giving
water...

they only cry
suffocated
my submarine
folk
my seeds
shuttered...

No, I will
resurrect
shaking off
my yoke,
me the creative
principle
of life...

breaking up
my metallic
chains,
I emerge,
the torrent
irresistible,
inundating
their paltry
castles
built on
shaking shores.

I emerge
like thunder
splitting
horizons...
I emerge...
I emerge...

Dr Molly Joseph

Dr Molly Joseph

Dr. Molly Joseph retired as Head of the Dept. of English, St. Xaviers College, Kerala, India and now serves as Professor of Communicative English. She, a bilingual writer, has had her Doctorate in Post War American Poetry (of William Carlos Williams). She has published 9 books of Poems - Aching Melodies (Patridge, Penguin), Autumn Leaves, December Dews, Myna's Musings, It Rains,The Bird with Wings of Fire, Where Cicadas Sing in Mirth (all by Authors Press New Delhi), Firefly Flickers, Hidumbi - novel (by Xpress Publications, Kerala) and Pokkuveyil Vettangal (poems, Malayalam). Dr. Molly writes travelogues and short stories and has won several awards. The India Women Achiever's Award 2019, Wordsmith Award 2018 and Award on Experimental Poetry 2020. She represented India in South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Literary Festival 2019.
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