Not Quite Quiet
Laugh out loud
Roll on the floor
Jump in muddy puddles
Do a jig in a public place
Walk alone at night
No dupattas in sight
Saree Jeans Chudidhar Bikini
My clothes are not asking for it
No, I am not asking for it
I never ask for it
Be appalled if you have to
I will not be
Today, I have two poems.
The first one is a Haiku. A Haiku is a traditional Japanese poetry short-form which has gained great popularity with English poets. It is a 3-line poem with the syllable count 5-7-5. It usually has a nature theme.
The second one is a complimentary free verse to the Haiku.
INSPIRATION/CAUSE FOR THE DAY: BLANK NOISE
Blank Noise is a collective art project that was founded to tackle street harassment or ‘eve-teasing’ of women.
The Haiku above is inspired by their Meet To Sleep initiative. How many women would be comfortable sleeping in a public place, for example a park? That is exactly what this called for. Women met up to take a nap amidst the lush greenery in Cubbon Park, Bangalore! I know I would be at the minimum uncomfortable and at the maximum nail-biting-ly scared to do so, especially if I was alone or with only women. Do we have the right to be defenceless?
As a step further, can women really talk very loud without attracting the wrong kind of attention? Can she even walk carefree on the streets? We don’t know which jerk is lurking in which corner and always be with our guard up. Blank Noise aims to address this systematic harrassment of women in public spaces through multiple innovative initiatives run and executed by their Action Heroes(who are basically volunteers). Also, this year they are championing the cause of “I Never Ask For It” by collecting all the different types of clothes women were harrassed it.
I find it to be a very innovative and important initiative. Read more about them in their website BLANK NOISE.
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 other posts in ‘Poetry For A Cause’ series by linking the button below.
“CHANGE BEGINS WITH AWARENESS”