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A voice that cannot be stifled, a protest that breaks shackles is the poetic voice of Lopamudra. Her protest poem envisions change. Here’s her firebrand poem for Different Truths.

Every single day, we gulp down stones.

Stones thrown, pelting on the , the untouchable mass,

on existential ashes.

Every single day, pride of a Brahmin blood

Gnashes his teeth, burning in feudal flames.

Every single day, the deepest wells

In the ’ eyes in spills a silent, festering fluid.

Every single moonless night, a whore scrapes

her overused bed sheets and a wrecked vagina.

Every single moonlit night, somewhere a grown up bride,

a child bride crumbles in a marital bed,

thanking God for she is not a public ,

for her man uses her well.

Every single day, a little girl somewhere in , in Rajasthan, in Punjab

thanks her stars that her is still pounding,

that her school bag still carries some crinkled books

and a nascent wish granted by a Djinn.

That she is not crushed, ripped off from her mother’s

like her , never born.

Every single day, a farmer, a rickshaw puller

Blown away to smithereens,

And metric lines of a vain intelligentsia scream: CHANGE.

Let Change be the one bruised stroke that catches flame.

Let Change not be a mere saffron glint of words and hope,

lubricating our parched voices.

Is the world ready for the shame, the horror of change?

Does the world lament when the froth dies, and resurfaces?

Let change be the dark corridor

where scriptures and psalms burn in their clamorous fire,

And all that remains is an endless thirst,

Thirst of the bone, sinew and blood,

Thirst of a morphed, ‘work-in- ’ universe.

©Lopamudra Banerjee

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Lopamudra Banerjee

Lopamudra Banerjee

Lopamudra Banerjee is a writer based in Dallas, USA. She is the co-editor of ‘Defiant Dreams: Tales of Everyday Divas’, published in collaboration with Incredible Women of India and Readomania. Her unpublished memoir Thwarted Escape has been First Place Category Winner at the Journey Awards 2014 hosted by Chanticleer Reviews. Her English translation of Rabindranath Tagore’s novella The Broken Home has been serially published at Café Dissensus. She is also an editor of Learning and Creativity.
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