In the last years, we’ve welcomed guest bloggers from all over the world. Time for some shortlists. This time we proudly present you our best read submissions in the category Period Poetry. Five beautiful poems from India and Nepal.
The Mustard Petticoat – by Sonali Sharma (India)
Leave in the lurch,
The mustard pants,
Affixed to overgrown buttons.
Don’t come within reach,
Make them squeaky clean,
Unexpected steam bath if any,
Say it Period – by Sushmita Das (India)
Red is the color of pain
The color red which when gets visible in the public, perceived as a stain
The stain which makes a woman feel ashamed, as society puts the blame
The blame that she couldn’t hide it from people who certainly gonna judge her by saying that you are playing the victim game unwilling to conceal the stain
The Red Dot on her White cloth
My red Blood – by Sanghita Khadka (Nepal/the Netherlands)
Drop by drop
Wrapped in a dignity which signifies me as a woman
Me and my Red blood……………..
Some gave it identity of ‘Untouchable’
Some said it as gross and ‘Unbearable’
But for me it is my proud red blood
It is my Red blood………………….
The first drop of my red blood made my friend ran away
Montly celebration – by Pragya Gupta (India)
Finally, I found the courage to share this
Do you know?
more than the pain
what gets me panicky
is the bloody stain
A monthly bummer
I bleed in pain
I ask the girl next to me
if my back is stained
I hide a sanitary pad
inside the sleeves of my Tees
or within the folds of my kurti
depending on the dress of the day
The Menstruating Lady – by Rimli Bhattacharya (India)
She bloomed as a woman,
With her new breasts budding she saw –
Her first blood running between her thighs.
Was there a pain? No and yes.
The uterus was talking to her,
It cried as it had shed the eggs,
She was not pregnant.
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