A Sri Lankan Woman

Sri Lankan woman, Stands at a junction, to embark, On a career or a baby, rarely both,  Toying with her need of the hour, To juggle the onus of Being the graceful gender, And a descendent, Of mitochondrial eve. How beautiful is a woman in a sari, A brief exhibition of her navel, A glimpse…

Woman 2

Explorer of a patriarchal universe, Far from Joan of Arc or Virgin Mary, The heresy on her blunted lips,  How she cannot swallow Everything man throws at her No pies or bananas or compliments. How the candyfloss world, man sees, Is embittering to her own two eyes, The fairytale-less universe she has inherited, And the…

Woman

There are so many Barbie wannabes And so few Marie Curies As a gender dances to the tune Of chauvinist pigs. How they want to grow breasts, hips And buttocks, to gather the eyes For a harvest of flesh. And yet, the harvest of multiplying Intellect grains, is rarely her pursuit. And Barbie is the…

Blood Oranges (Violence Against Women)

The arm that pulls now pushes The eyes that once glimmered like tangerines Now are ripened like blood oranges. The body that used to dance in percussion Is now a crash test dummy. Yet she is slaved to him She will always be his naked Barbie. The lipstick hurricane. The muse of his entropy And…

Translation of a Sinhalese Poem

  Poem ඉස්සර වගේ ගැමි ගෙදරක ඉදෙන           බත අද කිරි මුසුව ලිග්ගල් උඩ ළඟිනු            නැත කහවනු ගෙවා මිළ දී ගත් කඩය             වෙත බටහිර උපන් රස මසවුලු එමට               ඇත Translation  Rice that simmered…

How do you solve a problem like Maria?

Maria Sklodowska, who was later known as Marie Curie, was a pioneering woman in the sciences, namely chemistry and physics, who later went to claim the Nobel prize, in 1903 (for radioactivity) and 1911 (for the discovery of polonium and radium). She was born in Poland but spent most of her adult life in France…

Woman (For International Women’s Day – March 8th)

Creature from the first To the last dance From the vow to love To the fade above And between her breasts She carries the tensile strength Of what two possess in union And between the sheets She is the lioness who growls And the lamb who is Weak on her knees – the jekyl and…

Woman 3 (For International Women’s Day)

Show me a woman That can turn a man with her hips In the artistry of burlesque and belly Show me a woman That can be filled with pancakes And fill a size 16 dress Show me a woman Who can kiss you like spring And color you like autumn Show me a woman That…

Woman (Two Poems For International Women’s Day)

Woman (1) We see the beautiful face And the generous bosoms We see the long lithe stems And the curved rear We see the slender black tresses And the ruby lip gloss We see the rounded hips And the puppy tummy fat We see every minor detail of form Of a graceful gender Except her…