a violin and a girl went
up a street in the nation’s capital
daring to walk unaccompanied.
acid flung at her face
carving deforming contours, stripped
identity, burned her inside and out. Yet,
tyranny shall not be allowed to succeed.
Yet, in spite of it all, she will rise again and bloom.
ACROSTIC poem using the title as the acrostic word.
INSPIRATION/CAUSE for the day: Acid Attack Victims, Stop Acid Attack.
The inspiration for the poem ‘Audacity’ are the victims of acid attacks in India who have risen back from the smouldering ashes like a phoenix. Laxmi, who is the co-founder of Chhanv – a support centre for acid attack survivors and Stop Acid Attacks initiative, is the most well-known ‘face’ of acid-attack survivors. She has fought against the sale of acid in India, gaining ‘disability status’ for acid attack survivors(which in effect as of April 2017), while providing the support needed for victims. You can read more about her and her journey here.
Over the past few years, the victims have started fighting back valiantly with all guns blazing. The various constitutional amendments as well as increased awareness, has resulted in the overall reduction in the number of acid attacks in the country as well as emotional strength and care for the fighters. However, the number of acid attack survivors reported in 2017 in India stands at 47, according to Acid Survivors. Until, the number becomes ZERO, there is still work to be done. Visit them to see how you can help.
If you are inspired by this cause, do consider supporting them either monetarily or by volunteering, with your words or by sharing my post.
For each letter this April, I shall be presenting a poem inspired by ‘something’ that is making our world a little bit kinder, a little bit greener. The ‘something’ is a mix of people, movements, thoughts, or organizations who are having a positive influence on the world around us. Read all the posts in ‘Poetry For A Cause’ series by linking the button below.