Contemporary Literary Review India | Print ISSN 2250-3366 | Online ISSN 2394-6075 | Impact Factor 8.1458 | Vol. 9, No. 1: CLRI February 2022

Geetanjali Kaushal


For will you tell them for me

I am painting my misery on the white walls A little black here and there

But red is still merging them all While I watch people seethe

I felt the same

The more I could not breathe For I hated to make my kids wait And told my mother

I won't be late

But I have been carried so too far I don't know my way back

To fill this scar

For who is to tell my children 'Do not fear'

I am certain, ' I can't breathe' Is still what they hear

For some of them are very meek

I wish they know, what justice they seek But I demand, A change of heart

With black beauty for a start

I need this imposed identity to break For it is my life

Which is at stake!

I don't know from what sense of pain, I talk Just thought to go out for a walk

Had a few things Planned for days to come

And on every dream, I said There is such a life ahead!

I could never fathom an end so near For the Emancipation said

You are free my dear

But as I let my eyes close

I dare to dream of a black rose

That stands amidst the bunch of white And makes no difference to any sight.

Geetanjali Kaushal has been writing for many years. Her first ever published poem was “Seeking Liberty” in open page of ‘The Hindu’ in year 2012.The themes in her writings are human condition, the journey of hope, dominating social existence and the freedom of self-expression. She sees Art as a compassionate being who rescues us from time. She is currently active on an unpublished volume of poetry titled ‘Frequently Overwhelmed’. After completing her masters in English, she is now working in the area of emotional wellness.

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