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There was the Draupadi of the Mahabharata, whose voice wasn't heard, but she took revenge. There are thousands of them now, every day, in every home. Only a few speak up; how do they avenge themselves?
There was the Draupadi of the Mahabharata, whose voice wasn’t heard, but she took revenge. There are thousands of them now, every day, in every home. Only a few speak up; how do they avenge themselves?
Targeted by a hundred powerful arrows of lust,
She sang a lonely aria
Rending the times that were
And was avenged
By the gory sight of
A hundred torn pieces of entrails
Pulled out violently from inside the perpetrators
On the bloody battlefield –
Work of classic craftsmanship attributable
To the capable warrior husbands.
But the modern day Draupadi is just a woman,
Consigned to the pages of
A musty, mouldy history-
Mottled with indifference
Flecked by incorrigibility.
Her heart wrenching aria
Distorted by doubting listeners,
Attenuated by time,
No longer stir
The callous mind and the stone cold heart
Retribution flees in shame.
Vengeance hides in the alcove of oblivion.
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Preeth Ganapathy is an officer of the Indian Revenue Service. Her works have been published in a number of online literary magazines and journals. read more...
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