A Guest Poet Post : The Widow ( A Poem)

My very dear blogger friend and my teammate in recently concluded Bloggers Premier League  Leo of I rhyme without reason recently invited me to do a guest post on his blog.

Leo is a wonderful poet and tale weaver.  Do visit his blog and leave your views there too. A gesture of appreciation for his beautiful work .

I am the 45th guest writer there and my poem is the 597the post. It   is part of  the celebration of  reaching  the milestone of 600 posts.

Here is the link to the post  The  Widow Do Read

Sharing it on my blog too .


The Widow


It’s over

Her warm tear-streaked cheeks
touched the hard pillow
a sharp pain flashed through her
newly tonsured head

gone were those long tresses
that swayed with the slightest breeze
and fell over her shoulders
like a cascading waterfall
gone with him forever

her glass bangles lay broken
glittering shards of intense memories
a single white muslin
draped her naked youth
feelings affections desires
destined now
to die
plunged deeper into
the dark recesses of her heart
her hopes
her tears
her joys
all bounded within the cloistered walls

The mournful walls of  her narrow room
watched the ghastliness of death

the rite, the pyre, the flames
the chants and the moaners
all flowed in front of her
in a hazy mist
acting like a spell
they strained her lifeless body

under the dim light of the oil lamp
lay her humble meal

in her slender fingers
was clenched a rosary
her soul mate for the remaining life

her eyes, heavy with sorrow and pain
began to close
the light of the lamp
faded into the
inky Bengal night

plunging her into the realms of obscurity


“cut” ,


The director said.

beaming with joy
her face lit up
with a dazzling smile
her last shot of her first film
and what a brilliant performance

i looked at my friend
making an effort
to match her excitement

She waved and slipped into her room
within minutes she was back
her curls flirting around her moon like face
little soft clouds

dazzling in a bright red gown
Looking ravishing
as a newly wed should

pain cut  through my heart
like lightning
a tear rolled down slowly
as we hugged

I clenched the piece of paper in my fist

A message for her

” He is no more” It read


10 thoughts on “A Guest Poet Post : The Widow ( A Poem)

  1. Read it there and commented too.

    Beautifully written, but left me sad…

    Thanks so much Uma for your comments on both the blogs. I am touched. Life often is sad 😦


  2. I’ll repeat the comment I left at Leo’s Blog here too;

    Nice contribution to Leo’s Blog Tikki!!
    I loved the double twist in the tale!! 😉
    Beautiful transition of scenes from one to the other.
    The last two lines were heart wrenching because you had beautifully built up to it…


  3. When i start reading the poem ( the first line ) I remembered “first impression is the best impression” truly ailing line warm tear-streaked cheeks what a head start Dogra keep going…

    Venkatesh Paramasivam


  4. When i start reading the poem ( the first line ) I remembered “first impression is the best impression” truly ailing line warm tear-streaked cheeks what a head start Dogra keep going…


  5. the magic u cn weave wid ur words ! left me spell bound ! such poets r hard to come by these days n m honoured tat i am part of te time when it is written ! truly astonishing , the musing , the beautifully crafted emotions , the antagonising scenes merging , often fading into each other…building up to te climax of sudden drought of emotions at te end of it all….the analogy , te subtle epithet , such compelling imagery ! u r good , damn good !


  6. Awesome poem, I loved the double twist…though no longer a reality (tonsured head and all for widow), the pain was so real in the poem I literally felt it…the ending was super…a frame of the white clad tonsured widow, the glowing lady in red and then the widow is back…awesome work…


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