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[2017]


Where the Butterflies Roam


They marked the path with frayed feathers,

decorate with mottled droppings that squish underfoot.

Cut the perishable down with frayed snipes

and leave yellowed patches of honesty;

the urine soaked sky descents into chaos

as the identity of steel permeates the air.

The shudder of modernity laughs as nature

is shown the fringes of empathy with cherry

funded projects that co-exist with themselves.

 

Bite the cherry and peel the skin,

leave the pulp for the flies sousing

in clotted cream bile;

regard without revile.

Only the truly free are not shown;

clever little ones, turn not a stone.


Rebellious


 

“A decent girl won’t roam around at nine o’clock at night”.

 

There’s a draconian rage that sits below the navel;

 

a culture war has emerged within this national blight.

 *
 

There’s a yellow-bellied bus that seeks to catch and cradle

 

its passengers with more than a smile; silence is golden:

 

it’ll keep you alive. Strewn kerbside, she clings to the basal.

 *
 

What point is there to a woman who cannot play herself?

Draupadi could not stop piercing those aerial bubbles;

a fistful of rupees would not buy her out, time stolen

 *
 

as a steel hand splits puce flesh and they start seeing doubles.

In her death she became less than a woman to herself;

blazen, the fire goddess screamed out the cat for its troubles.

 *
 

“I’ll hit you on such a part that will make you understand.

 

I am showing you respect now because you’re a woman”.

 

Sing on the black-bellied bus, he’ll hum harder to himself.


Rebellious concerns the 2012 Delhi gang rape of Jyoti Singh. I have thought about writing a poem about this subject since the news was first broadcast. I’m always seemingly behind on the news because I think it is important to watch how stories and situations develop. I have used quotes from interviews with the assailants’ to develop an intimate narrative. The use of form is particularly important because it explores chaos through a rigid lens which in this instance represents religion and culture. The title was inspired by a conversation with my sister which considered how rebels differ from culture to culture. For example, Indian culture could consider a rebel to be a woman who ventures outside of the home after eight-thirty in the evening.


‘Rebellious’- The Form :

 Terza Rima

 
 

X X X X X X X X X A [Iambic Pentameter]

 

X X X X X X X X X B [Tercets]

 

X X X X X X X X X A [Chain rhyme/Interlocking Rhyme]

 *
 

X X X X X X X X X B

 

X X X X X X X X X C

 

X X X X X X X X X B

 *
 

X X X X X X X X X C

 

X X X X X X X X X D

 

X X X X X X X X X C

 *
 

X X X X X X X X X D

 

X X X X X X X X X E

 

X X X X X X X X X D

* Rebellious’ Deviations:
 
– Fourteen syllables per line instead of the traditional iambic pentameter.
– A deviation from the chain rhyme in certain stanzas.
– A three line envoi with no rhyme scheme.
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