Dr. Marian Eikelhof, NETHERLANDS

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ME 2

Had to rub my flesh until it bled
remove his fingerprints
the stains on my soul
and in my head
trying to deal with his irony,
his bacteria, his wickedness
all over my body and
deep inside of me
my universe vomits, hates my feminity,
feel like stoned with prejudice, disbelief;
“tell me, honey,
just a tiny dress, late at night,
sharing your personality, id, privacy…
when you are supposed to be
pure and innocent
why even look at him?”

had to clean myself
from this memory
how he just laughed
choked me.

Dr. Marian Eikelhof is a poet who works in her daily life as a psychologist. Her work inspires her to write about the emotional aspects of life. Not only does she describe feelings of love, intimacy and desire, but also reflects on the states of profound sadness and feelings of emptiness. On the whole, she criticizes dehumanisation and an ongoing process of alienation in human relationships. Marian’s poetry book “a zero hour contract with life” has been translated from Dutch into English and Turkish. Currently, she is working on her second poetry collection. Marian is also an activist for peace and committed to make the world a better place for children.

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

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