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Women Like Her Breathe Fire by Kavya Janani. U






A roar is caught in her throat,

as she notices him watching blaring videos

Swimming in a lake of idiotic sentiments,

that do not work in a lion’s household.

There are these ghastly dialogues,

Where misogyny croaks a terrible ballad.

He still does not realize

that a man who eats sexism for breakfast

is a man who dies of his wife’s liberalism

Forming a noose around his neck.

He still does not understand

that her pen is sharper than his dominance,

And that she rips his audacities

and throws them into her poems,

where he bleeds to death between her lines.


He’d melt like snow for women

soaked in turmeric traditions,

who drape cotton yards around them,

streaking their foreheads with crimson,

Who fall at his feet every waking hour

and do not address him by his name,

Who plait their oily tresses

and adorn it with kanakambaram,

Who’d undertake endless servitude,

and who’d never say no to his orders.

He does not realize that the scene

would be different once those women

learn the art of domestic equality.


She is someone whose life is yellow,

confidence oozing from her pores,

that his carnal fingers dare not touch,

Sunshine dropping from her eyes

like a cascading waterfall,

which does not cloak him in warmth,

but burns him every time she speaks

Of modernity and gender inequality.

Her bare forehead is his everyday misery.

Her t-shirts and denims are his allergies

that he buys black dupattas

and places them at the charpoy in the hall.

She always remembers to ignore them.


Doesn’t he still realize that the walls

of their house echo the story

of two people strongly fallen out of love?

Of one wanting to grow and improve,

learn from poets and entrepreneurs,

and watch Northern Lights someday.

And the other wanting to sweep

the by-lanes of barren lands,

gossiping about familial discords,

And waste time over and over.

The boon of motherhood

is the only unfortunate string

that still bonds her to him.

He saves it for the fear of finding

himself in the jaws of disgrace.

It is true that the one

Who listens to Swift can never

be compatible with the one

Who listens to country folk songs.

In this tale, opposites repel.


She wears labels, albeit proudly-

Maddest, shameless, loudest.

Yes, women like her

scare the shit out of men like him.

Women like her adorn strength

like garlands around their necks.

Her skin is not made of madness.

He turned it like that.

He drowns in his own pride,

while she sings loudly,

“Pride always comes before a fall”,

and pelts stones at his toxic masculinity.



Kavya Janani. U is the author of the romance novel, ‘With Love, Forever’, and the poetry collection, ‘La Douleur Exquise’. She has also self-published two standalone sci-fi novelettes. She publishes her poetry on her Instagram page, Medium, and her poetry website - Dreamypoet. Four of her poems have been published in the Spring anthology of Sunday Mornings At The River Press. She is a banker by profession and currently resides in Chennai, Tamilnadu, India. Her Twitter handle is @UKavyajanani.


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