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#BlogchatterA2Z challenge and NaPoWriMo-2022

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Intuitive Poetry titled Ahalya
Day1 of NaPoWriMo- Ahalya

“Poetry is what happens when nothing else can.”

― Charles Bukowski

Have you ever wondered if there were multiple characters secretly residing inside of you? If so, have you ever wanted to give a voice to each of them, distinct, fearless and loud? I don’t know about you, but I have. In fact, a lot of women and a few men in my circle too have felt the same and one thing most common in all was that not every voice was given life; they were all hushed out of the fear of judgement.

Now if you wonder why am I talking about this now, then let me introduce the use of heteronyms in poetry. A heteronym is a literary concept where a writer creates one or more imaginary character(s) to write in different styles and voices. I was introduced to this through the poet Pragya Bhagat in an advanced poetry writing workshop by Bound India. I was instantly attracted to the concept of heteronyms.

You might like reading this- My prior experiences with NaPoWriMo

In this series of 30 poems in 30 days as part of the #BlogchatterA2Z challenge and NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month), 2022, I will be introducing you to 30 different characters with different voices. There will be voices that might be familiar to you, some even relatable while some totally strange.

Here comes the first in this series, AHALYA.

Day1 of NaPoWriMo- Ahalya
Ahalya


tonight, i undress
being laid in a celestial bed
my will, the only gravity at work
power of the mighty pulls—
society, culture, gender—all at a null, 
tonight, i undress

tonight, i undress
in the light of my soul
aware of my fantasies & fears
snaking through the curves
of this body—barren, bare—
tonight, i undress


tonight, i undress
lifting off the fabric of familiarity
that hath made my 
self—a stranger—unrecognised
i learn: mirrors are fallible & fragile as me
tonight, i undress


tonight, i undress
scars don’t scare me anymore
they have become sacred
like the stars light-years away—
stories of the past as light in the now—
tonight, i undress

tonight, i undress
the layers of labelling
secured with the hooks of patriarchy
that made me look
no more than a muscle mass
tonight, i undress

tonight, i undress
i undrape & unhook
to unveil the sinless source
free of mandates & masks
i swim in the deep ocean of self
tonight, i undress

tonight, i undress
being laid in a celestial bed
my will, the only gravity at work
tonight, i undress
sinking in the source—
never to be birthed—
a prostitute turns pure
screaming-
i’m free
i’m free
i’m free
for chastity is a luxury



What are your thoughts on Ahalya? Do you think she’s just a prostitute? Or do you feel that prostitute is the catchword here and there is an undertone to it? Else, do you have something totally different to share? Let me know in the comments.

tonight, i undress/
scars don’t scare me anymore
they have become sacred
like the stars light-years away—
stories of the past as light in the now—
tonight, i undress

Also, if you are participating in NaPoWriMo, do drop a link to your blog. I will be happy to indulge in some poetry!


Recommended read: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/fernando-pessoa

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