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She draped the cloak of darkly sky
Embellished with sequins of her sigh
She honed the art of looking good
Snubbed dissonance as much she could
All she dolled up to sheathe her soul
And she looked so beautiful.

She wrapped a cashmere of memories
Warps from caskets, wefts from dairies
Spun on the looms of dreadful days
Woven in the nights in murky ways
Her chilled carcass turned fanciful
Ah! She looked so beautiful.

She put ill-lit sky in her eyes
And hid those puffs under disguise
She dared to dream that pierced him
She made her eyes up with his whim
Her peepers turned deeper with that kohl
And she looked so beautiful.

She graced her face with tiny stars
Then smiled and said, “These aren’t scars
Adorning them as ‘beauty-spots’
She filled her face’s deserted slots
Her allure flushed with tears plentiful
But she looked so beautiful.

She sought hues for desired lip-shade
By sipping his wrath, her lips turned red
Then she flaunted her fuller lips
The blush of her cheeks were rosy deep
Though the ‘coy mistress’ wasn’t playful
Yet she looked so beautiful

She gazed her glow in blurred mirror
Muffled her soul with ‘vanity fair’
But couldn’t stop her conscience peep
Her own words pierced her soul deep
Then spelled her dreams with paper, pen
She was beautiful she felt again.


intolerance the style symphony beautiful

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE — Statistics say that 30% of women in India are beaten badly by their partners, 59% have been traumatized mentally and psychologically but only 1% of them reported to police about the abuses they had to face. Recently, I talked to a lady who accepted that her husband beats her blatantly. But she simply refused him to be confronted. She didn’t want to let anyone know about her agony as she was ashamed of herself being a victim of domestic violence. The irony of that woman made me write this poem. This poem is dedicated to all those women who are suffering because of the people whom they consider their own. I wish all of us, someday, develop intolerance towards domestic violence.

Sangeeta Mishra

  • Patty Johnson

    You exquisitely portray the irony of the woman’s strength and beauty even as she is being treated in such an oppressive and hateful manner.

    You also stated it perfectly when you mentioned a hope for widespread intolerance for domestic violence. I agree. It continues to go on because people are tolerant and even accepting of this behavior.

    Thanks for your courage as well as all the people suffering from abuse. One of the people who commented said she wishes women were more courageous. I think women being abused are quite courageous and it is abusive men who are cowards.

    Further, it is very difficult to leave an abusive relationship and attempts to leave are usually the most dangerous times because they challenge the abuser’s insecurities and need for control.

    Thanks for your bravery in writing this heart-wrenching but necessary poem. Education and exposure will be the factors necessary to end domestic abuse. Blessings!

  • Hard hitting and powerful poem Sangeeta – woman is known for her patience and tolerance but here you have picked up those virtues and pointed at the irony of it too. Who is she? Where is the real self hidden? Why does she take the pain to put on a ‘beautiful’ face in front of the society that hardly seems to care? So many questions that she doesn’t answer – ‘cold carcass’ is an extremely strong impression and gave me the chills.

  • Jyotirmoy Sarkar

    Very beautifully through words.
    You are really a very good poet(Poetess).

  • Touching but a very sad poem. Nice depiction of the domestic violence, though, I’d wish no one would ever have to write over such a topic.

  • Indrani

    Really sad! Wish women were more courageous!

  • Carefully chosen words to illustrate your points, Sangeeta Ji. It’s a trembling experience. A masterpiece indeed. Domestic violence is a serious threat for a healthy family and society. Liked the positive connotation of the word ‘intolerance.’

    • Yes Ravish, it’s indeed a blemish for the fabric of a healthy society and the most saddening thing is that many a women are compelled to hide this disgrace behind their faking smiles. Wish people (men, in most of the cases), would understand the aftermath of their frantic behavior, someday! Thank you so much !

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