The Sun hurried to board the night train to report for the morning duty. As he left , The evening came out of hiding cautiously. A middle aged woman restlessly moved near the fence waiting for the evening to turn dark anticipating the arrival of a customer – Her hearth can be lit once she is paid for her toil the kids will fall asleep if she gets delayed. The brazenness of hunger makes even sin hang her head in shame. The doors of inferno were closed.
Woman – IV
You are Yogamaya – yet you are not the ultimate! The almighty suffered and created you Willingly As his second You will remain secondary Forever. You are not the authority. You are the follower Your movements and motions are regulated By the desires of the omnipotent Forever. Strange You are the divine power Nature, you are the great illusion The destructress. You are The governor of Creation, condition, cataclysm You connect the tree of life With the stage of heavens Yet You are so vulnerable So dependent How miserable Is your life and existence here You are forever the subordinate Subservient to the authority Reliant Forever Childhood, adulthood, old-age Separated, enslaved, distorted By someone’s regulation. You are forever secondary Forever…
Giribala Mohanty, retired Professor of Odia Language and Literature, has more than 15 books to her credit – poetry anthologies, theoretical scholarships & translation. She is a prominent voice in Odia literature who speaks about human conditions and socio-cultural issues plaguing women. She has been actively writing about the politics of gender and the world around since the early 1970s. Her latest collection Streeloka (2021) was an Amazon bestseller. A polyglot, she is a recipient of many national and international honours . She is settled in Visva-Bharati , Santiniketan (India) and enjoys a tranquil post-retirement life.
Dr. Khusi Pattanayak is an author and translator who is well-versed in English, Hindi, Bengali & Odia languages . In her 14+ years of professional career she has been actively engaged in both academia and industry. A PhD in English Literature she was featured in TEDx Thought Break. A Harry Potter scholar and cinephile, she is a published photographer & literary-model. Incidentally she is also the Prose & Art Editor for The Pine Cone Review.
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