Poetry: Mitali Chakravarty

Mitali Chakravarty
The Phoenix-girl

Each day I write, 
I write—

My heart bleeds,

Bleeds with pity
For the helpless child;
Manipulated, beaten, 
Miserable, hurt.

And yet I marvel how
The ashes of that
Smear of self-pity
Found strength,
Found mercy,
Found love.

I thank each day the Universe
For each song the child learnt to sing --
Of resilience,
Of strength,
Of wild imaginings.

I celebrate the beaten, the abused, the hurt girl.
I celebrate the spirit that drove her to create
A world — a world that could transcend all hurts.

Sing, sing with me O Earth
Sing, sing with me O skies
Sing to the spirit that defies
And her own story rewrites.

Glory to the God that gave her the song.
Glory to the God that gave her the strength.
Glory to the Maker who created challenges

To eternalise her Phoenix-like soul.

Sisterhood of women

We, in sisterhood, stand together
Strong, resistant, unbeatable,
Weatherproofed women.
Young and old.
Life passes.
Life thrashes.
Life laughs.
Life pauses.
For centuries and ages untold,
We meet, young and old,
Women through the ages,
Part of an unbroken sisterhood.
In our minds
We have steel.
In our hearts
We hold fire.
In our arms
We nurture flowers.
Mothers, daughters
Wives, friends, 
We are here to rise again.
Forever and ever,
The sisterhood never ends.
We are women of untold strength.

Bio: Mitali Chakravarty is a writer and the editor of Borderless Journal. She has been published widely in journals and anthologies. She writes and translates for harmony, humanity and kindness and looks forward to a world beyond all borders.

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