When the Woman Is a Land by Lopa Banerjee

(i)
Stripping myself in shreds, I pray,
The novel green patches of grass do not touch me.
I shiver, gazing at your dainty fingernails,
The green silence crawls around the peripheries.

(ii)
I want to float around the fertile earth,
Nestling like river bodies, but my fluids dry up.
I want to emanate my fragrance of tender blossoms,
But you leave me, odorless, stranded, alone.

(iii)
The vapors of your angst had turned me to a river, melting.
Now when I see your naked shadow in my terrains, I pray
‘Who are you, numbing my few scanty flames?’
In the turn of the night, my prayers morph, I become
Your fondness, bearing fruit and fire.

(iv)
I feed generations of mud, grass and weed with my expectant prayers
And yet, I have shriveled and fallen, blistered with your ferment.
Your fangs have spread all around me, water-snake,
See, now my breaths come slower, heavier, with each of your thrusts.

(v)
Flowers bloom in the soil of my grassy body
It’s the beginning of monsoon. You cultivate my brown land,
Exploring my grass beds, the tilt of my thighs
I melt in the early rains of spring,
My prayers spread over the perimeters of my womanly wants.

 

 

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Author bio:
Lopamudra Banerjee (Lopa) is a bilingual author, editor and adjunct faculty of creative writing at Richland College, Dallas, USA. She has authored six books and has co-edited four anthologies in fiction and poetry. She has been a recipient of the Journey Awards (First Place category winner) for her memoir ‘Thwarted Escape: An Immigrant’s Wayward Journey’, and also a recipient of the Woman Achiever Award (IWSFF, 2018), the International Reuel Prize for Poetry (2017) and International Reuel Prize for her English translation of Nobel Laureate Tagore’s selected works of fiction (2016). Her nonfiction essays, fiction and other writings have been published in various journals, e-zines and anthologies in India, UK and USA. She is also a consulting editor of the literary e-zine ‘Learning and Creativity’, India. Recently, she has been an honorary poetry fellow at Rice University, Houston and co-produced the poetry film ‘Kolkata Cocktail’ directed by Shuvayu Bhattacharjee, where she has also featured as one of the lead actors.
Her works are available in her website http://www.lopabanerjeewrites.com and also in Amazon.com and Amazon India.

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