Amanita Sen, INDIA

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Amanita Sen

Because I was their little deity
each Ashtami day, every year,
the couple living next door
washed my feet,
did an arati,
offered me flowers,
halwa and some money.

All this went on
till I bled to womanhood,
and then the ritual stopped.

It was like foretelling what
it would be like for many,
to be a throbbing woman;
the fallen Goddess,

paying the price with
spilled blood.

*Kumari puja – the ritual where young girls are worshipped as Goddess
Ashtami- an auspicious day for worshipping – 8th day of the Hindu Calendar
Arati – a ritual to offer prayers to Hindu Gods
halwa - a kind of sweet

Amanita Sen is the author of 2 volumes of poetry-Candle in my dream and What I don’t tell you. Her poems have been published in numerous journals. She is a mental health professional, living in Kolkata, India.

Best of Women Poetry -2020 :: Setu, March 2020

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