Ahalya to Ram

I was once young and beautiful

Until I turned a stone and hid my forehead

On the clumsy grass hallowed and brown

I stumbled and lost my form and face

I turned my speech into ashes and withheld my sighs.

How easy to hurt the woman who was cheated by gods?

Deceit and pride did anger invite

Such shame and loss is mine.

Aged with envy, and unmindful distrust

He crossed my legs and left me with a curse

Until the gods intervened

And I came back to life.

But was it the same husband that I aspired for

The same house with its cropped up mats

No I choose to be a stone than a mate

To a man whose eyes believed what he could not see

Yes I’d rather be a stone that leaves neither aches nor flutters.

I carry within a heaviness that has curled with the weight

Of their angry feet and elsewhere sticks like an old habit.

Without form without face and ashes for speech Hey Ram!

I am now quite uncomfortable with the knowledge

Of knowing a curse would soon fall on her who

Stands beside you in these troubled times.

 

 

Ref -Whispers In The wind

I was once young and beautiful

Until I turned a stone and hid my forehead

On the clumsy grass hallowed and brown

I stumbled and lost my form and face

I turned my speech into ashes and withheld my sighs.

How easy to hurt the woman who was cheated by gods?

Deceit and pride did anger invite

Such shame and loss is mine.

Aged with envy, and unmindful distrust

He crossed my legs and left me with a curse

Until the gods intervened

And I came back to life.

But was it the same husband that I aspired for

The same house with its cropped up mats

No I choose to be a stone than a mate

To a man whose eyes believed what he could not see

Yes I’d rather be a stone that leaves neither aches nor flutters.

I carry within a heaviness that has curled with the weight

Of their angry feet and elsewhere sticks like an old habit.

Without form without face and ashes for speech Hey Ram!

I am now quite uncomfortable with the knowledge

Of knowing a curse would soon fall on her who

Stands beside you in these troubled times.

 

 

Ref -Whispers In The wind


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