Tattoos - Tapestry Poem

Published by: Shernaz & Raamesh Tapestry Poems on 26th Jun 2016 | View all blogs by Shernaz & Raamesh Tapestry Poems

Tattoos - Shernaz

 

she survives your spitefulness

inked indelibly on her tattooed psyche

past years mute alibi to the sting

 

with your spiky jibes hematoma 

has discoloured the dermis of her mind

it’s scarification is grossly brutal

 

but the poison of your reprisals

has not crushed her courage; her doughty

spirit has in fact devastated you 

 

 

Tattoos - Raamesh

 

All they need is a young mind, raw from within and

hurt by the deep scars of history. Some come as

india ink on paper - called Koran, or Bible or Geeta -

indoctrinated into the brain by incessant repetition.

Some as the chants of priests and monks, in strange

intonations often accompanied by incense. Or blasted

from loudspeakers, a call to arms against imagined foes.

They all leave scars, fresh for a new generation to be

inked. Not everything requires a sterilised steel needle.

 

 

Tattoos – Tapestry

 

They survive your spitefulness - young minds, 

raw from within, hurt by the deep scars of history

inked indelibly on their tattooed psyche;

 

and past years mute alibi to the sting. Not 

everything requires a sterilised steel needle: all 

you need is india ink on paper, called 

 

Koran or Bible or Geeta. Hematoma has

discoloured the dermis of their minds, 

indoctrinated by incessant repetition of

 

your spiky jibes. They all leave scars, fresh for a 

new generation to be inked. The scarification, 

 in strange intonations often accompanied 

 

by incense, is grossly brutal. But the poison of your 

reprisals – some come as the chants of priests

and monks, or some as a call to arms 

 

against imagined foes blasted from loudspeakers 

into the brain –  has not crushed their courage. Their

doughty spirit has in fact devastated you.

Comments

4 Comments

  • Paddy
    by Paddy 1 year ago
    Two individual poems - each have presented a different facet - one of deep anguish of an abused woman (or is "she" a metaphor for our much-abused nation ?) yet with a positive energy of survival and defiance; and the other poem presents a grim reality of a world being driven by constant indoctrination. The final tapestry is a delectable fare of great poetry woven together by two great artists with masterclass poetic ease and style, with the last three lines sending out a clarion call and message! Kudos and respects my dear friends Shernaz Wadia and Raamesh Gowri Raghavan! I bow to you for this beautiful and meaningful creation _()_ You have both indeed INKED it!
  • Rajeev
    by Rajeev 1 year ago
    Agree with Paddy-Impactful seperately and as tapestry!
  • Pankajam
    by Pankajam 1 year ago
    Even when the constant indoctrination through loud speakers is repeated from holy books, the pathos of abused women continue to rage our senses. The two individual poems which deal with effect and preventive efforts at micro and macro levels merge finely like two rivers in the sea. Kudos to you both.
  • Shernaz & Raamesh Tapestry Poems
    Thanks for liking this, Paddy. This tapestry was genuinely difficult to weave, as the two poems were completely different in tone. Yet we saw that the thrust of both poems was towards hope, so we could finally put one together that turned out quite well-integrated, we think.

    Thanks also, Rajeev and Pankajam!
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