Is Poetry the Language of Grievers?

the unfinished dinner table conversations/ a hand-me-down heart/ the letter baba holds close to his chest/colored with dried tears and smudged ink/ consisting of more angst and less love.

/baba, was it worth it? /
my grandma’s stories of her home in Chittagong/ this is just a house as melancholy sets on her surma-donned eyes/ if this world was kinder?
dadu narrating tales about his struggles and raising three children/ he was learning the difference between a boy and a man.
/it is a fire consuming him/ he was the fire./
maa trying hard and failing/ time and again/ changing this rusted iron cage into a house/ her saree is made up of sacrifice more than cotton/ the stains adorning the borders are more of the times she became a sacrificial lamb to the fate of women in my house.
/she tried loving less/ how does it hurt still the same?/
my parents have loved anguish more than love/ their marriage is more of the kind of love that happens after a heartbreak rather than the kind that kisses you in museums and parks.
/pain is pure prescence/ the screams of sorrow that never came out/ Probably the worst thing about love/ is living with it./
red blemishes on asha mausi/ her scars running deeper than cuts/ the testimony to the 101 ways of how women taught me patriarchy more than men ever could have/ scathing wounds inflicted in the past/ Everyone of them are a broken mirror of all my faces.
noor spends less time in the dargah and more in making idols of devi durga/ Arnab falls in love with Zoya even though it’s a sin/ Is love partial to religion/ can poetry act as the language of grievers?
~Akshita Chaudhuri
Kolkata, India

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