Dr. Barathi Srinivasan, INDIA

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Barathi Srinivasan
A left over, however hard she tries,
always feels lonely.
Are you upset by the solitarity?
Does it tear you apart to see how left you are
 and so lone in this world?
Dear lass, being upset
will not make any difference.
If negligence makes you shiver
Then trust me,
there are many such as you
 forgotten at large.
Does being forgotten makes you shiver?
Dear lady, you often think
How happy are the cunning and the vile!
But one day they would go
Down, down, down into the darkness of hades.
Gently they go- the foxy, the clever, the wily.
I feel your mental anguish and your agony in life.
Believe me, that one day all this would vanish
Arise and Awake Oh, you lady of Iron
mourn not the past and let the past pass.
Stand up from the dust and debris
Like a phoneix out of fire.

Dr. Barathi Srinivasan is an Assistant Professor of English at Srinivasa Ramanujan Centre, SASTRA Deemed to be University, Kumbakonam, India. Her English and Tamil poems were widely anthologized in books and international journals. She has translated one novel, two short story collections, and two poetry anthologies into Tamil language. 

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

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