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Here’s an evocative poem by Lopamudra, celebrating the many layers of a woman.

Shining on, the incandescent flame of her body

And being, resounds in scarlet dreams.

Her shadow, a silhouetted canvas etched

On the door from where she ascends,

Burns slowly in the flame as she

Waxes and wanes, melting with the flame.

The lamp, a mirror to the moonlight,

Crescent and dim, flickers and blazes

In the folds of her lotus palms.

The lamp is her uttered prayers,

Her domestic plate, her rebellion and her clichés.

The flame, a harvest of her love, growing

The wild flower of her blood raging,

She touches the red earth, smoldering

In the smoke and flame, she rises

Smooth, dark, numinous.

Note: An attempt at ekphrastic poem, while attempting to unravel the magic and mystery of a classic painting by Raja Ravi Verma, ‘The Lady with the Lamp’.

Pic from Net sourced by poet.

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 Her unpublished memoir Thwarted Escape has been First Place Category Winner at the Journey Awards 2014 hosted by Chanticleer Reviews.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.