Cruelty

I am a venereal sore in the private part of language.
The living spirit looking out
of hundreds of thousands of sad, pitiful eyes
Has shaken me.
I am broken by the revolt exploding inside me.
There's no moonlight anywhere;
There's no water anywhere.
A rabid fox is tearing off my flesh with its teeth;
And a terrible venom-like cruelty
Spreads out from my monkey-bone.

Release me from my infernal identity.
Let me fall in love with these stars.
A flowering violet has begun to crawl towards horizons.
An oasis is welling up on a cracked face.
A cyclone is swirling in irreducible vulvas.
A cat has commenced combing the hairs of agony.
The night has created space for my rage.
A stray dog has started dancing in the window's eye.
The beak of an ostrich has begun to break open junk.
An Egyptian carrot is starting to savour physical reality.
A poem is arousing a corpse from its grave.
The doors of the self are being swiftly slammed shut.
There's a current of blood flowing through all pronouns now.
My day is rising beyond the wall of grammar.
God's shit falls on the bed of creation.
Pain and roti are being roasted in the same tandoor's fire.
The flame of the clothless dwells in mythologies and folklore.
The rock of whoring is meeting live roots;
A sigh is standing up on lame legs;
Satan has started drumming the long hollowness.
A young green leaf is beginning to swing at the door of desire.
Frustration's corpse is being sewn up.
A psychopathic muse is giving a shove to the statue of eternity.
Dust begins to peel armour.
The turban of darkness is coming off.
You, open your eyes: all these are old words.
The creek is getting filled with a rising tide;
Breakers are touching the shoreline.

Yet, a venom-like cruelty spreads out from my monkey-bone.

It's clear and limpid: like the waters of the Narmada river.

by Namdeo Dhasal

Comments (10)

This is great Mary. I thought that the internet would create a culture of introspection and Isolation; no more so than real life I guess. This is such a wonderful write and I would certainly love to see and hear you reciting it.
uncomfortable with 'those who have seen my soul naked.' I really like that one, Mary, and have thought how much of ourselves we DO EXPOSE here...Scarlett
Mary this is a brilliant write, I enjoyed every word, and I know just what you mean, it could be a horrendous experience, or a lovely pleasurable meeting, but it's the finding out, isn't it. Shudder! ! ! ! ! ! ! Love and hugs Ernestine XXX
Mary, you are so loved by this group as a whole...that you have no need for trepidation of any kind. Go, if this really happens, and God bless. Raynette
I hate to find myself in a mirror, let alone meet anyone.
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