One dream
Saw me pray
For the death
Of demons I slay.

By the river
I sat deep
In silence
To the fire that burnt.

All that was old
Tired and Tried
Jaded with fears
I washed with tears.

I walked away, folded hands…..Empty!

One dream
Saw me pray
For the birth
Of new to stay.

By the river
I sat deep
In silence
To the cool flow of breeze.

I heard the wail
Of a baby that was male
Anxiously I walked
Towards the sound that stalked.

And there it lay
As naked as a ray
Wrinkled skin and small
But on my breasts grew tall.

I walked away, with folded arms…Full!

DOLA DASGUPTA

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