I exhume stories
buried premature
before they could show
courage or silent torture
Before the world 
acknowledged the author

but they come 
loaded with perspectives
to kill truth -
repaint victims
on social channels
in courts of law
till they lose identity

a society 
that rewrites history
to suit the ruler
arrests evolution
lessons exterminated
in voiceless graves 
protest but face

-I hear souls scream
their version in jitters
-face a defiant world
denying their blisters
- stoned down again
by gaslighters

-Sita walked through fire
-Draupadi’s humiliation
a national shame
-Ahalya’s ossification
-Renuka’s chopped neck
call for attention

we glorify storytellers
who paint women
as cause of all sin
to save their skin
to hide themselves
from victims’ chagrin

Chosen prompt line 
(There are) many stories which are not on paper, they are written in the bodies and minds of women.
at dVerse Poetics


16 thoughts on “Excavation

  1. Reena, this is so relevant in our present context. The truth remains buried because a victim’s perspective is of no consequence. I love that you invoke Sita, Draupadi, Ahalya and Renuka…we see them as the male gaze painted them.

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