[#Poetry] I Know How To Wink, I Know How To Smile

Society truly progresses when women can freely express themselves, be it through a wink or a smile.This poem explores a woman’s agency over her expressions.

”Manikya Malaraya Poovi” she sang;
She winked at me –
I was shy;
“Hey lady why are you shy?” She asked me
“As I am a danseuse” I replied

“Don’t you smile?” she winked again
“Yes I do but under the moonless sky” I replied
“I want to be cute with my hero,” she winked
 I was shy again.

“Hey lady why are you shy?” She asked me.
“As I am a danseuse without a lover” I replied.

“Will you watch Oru Adaar Love?, she smiled and winked
I did not reply, I just stared.

She stole my heart, the loveless heart.
No I am wrong, she won a million hearts

She said “Laugh till you cry
Why not give life one more try?”

I stopped dancing as I loved the song.

She sang for me for the last time,

“I wink I smile
That is my lifestyle

Life is short to live with regrets
Let’s wink, let’s smile let’s progress”

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Rimli Bhattacharya is a First class gold medalist in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of

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