Maariamma

We understand
why upper caste Gods
and their ‘good-girl’ much-married, father-fucked,
virgin, vegetarian oh-so-pure Goddesses
borne in their golden chariots
don’t come to our streets.

We know the reasons for their non-entry into slums.
Actually, our poverty would soil their hears
and our labor corrupt their souls.

But Maariamma,
when you are still getting
those roosters and goats,
why have you stopped coming to our doors?

Maari, our girl,
since when did you join their gang?

(First published in The Little Magazine)

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2 responses to “Maariamma

  1. Excellent mam.. havent read a worthy english poem in our literature. i mean the dalit literature. Now i guess these kinda poems with take the hitherto-unheard our humble whinings to the hears of so-called-educated ears!. thanks mam..

    • Excellent mam.. havent read a worthy english poem in our literature. i mean the dalit literature. Now i guess these kinda poems will now take the hitherto-unheard humble whinings of our people to the ears of so-called-educated!. thanks mam. (and sorry for the mistake in my last comment..:-))

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