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Breaking the Silence: Voicing the Un-voiced

For patriarchs, a woman, who do not submit to their ideology is "flawed"

When I come to reflect on myself, I feel, I am a person completely made up of perfect flaws, furthermore perfected with time and it is this imperfection that define me, impart me the individuality. These flaws, symbolizes rejection of stereotype. They are the signs of resilience, resistance, growing up to believe in myself.

Patriarchy, works as a potter, shaping and molding a woman to its norms, crafting ‘perfectly’ to hold its standards and ethics, to serve its value system. In a patriarchy, a woman is denied an opportunity to sculpt herself, in a free form, taking any shape. To achieve freedom, she has to let go the water of patriarchal beliefs. A perfectly crafted pot has to suffer a drop, bang relentlessly, and have to crack or break to pieces. The art lies in the strength of gathering and putting back the pieces as desired, mending the cracks with the gold of resolute determination for self actualization. Becoming flawed.

I am not just any woman, I am a woman born in a so called lower caste, who has to face discrimination two folds, one for being a woman and other for being a low birth. Feminism, which should be all encompassing, cannot voice the issues of this doubly discriminated lot, not that they are not talked of or discrimination is not taken up by the feminist, though my years of observation has lead me to the conclusion, for the emancipation of the backward class woman, she herself will have to build a platform to articulate her issues, because it is she who understands and assimilates the situation better than anyone else.

I see countless excellent activists, who are common women with awareness, having minimum basic education, working tirelessly, to bring about change in their lives as well as their community. These are the uncelebrated and undocumented women, creating a space for themselves. But their voices are subdued. These are the women, who are continuously placed at the bottom of the hierarchy and are objectified by their males, victimized by the upper class men and overlooked by the political class.

It is to give voice to these grass root leaders, I have joined the VOF program, even though very hard pressed for time. I am not a writer, or a journalist thus is confronted with writing block, and is unable to write their stories on their behalf effectively. By writing these stories, I wish to garner some help for them as well as empower them with the voices of the world, like you.
“Ironing of breast” issue published in world pulse brought me to this forum. I became a passive member of World Pulse way back in 2011. I see a prospect for the voices of the long silenced, trafficked, displaced, violated women be heard, by presenting their voice, for them, in this forum.

I need help to break the silence of my words and voice the un-voiced.

(Submitted for the section of extra credit)
Breaking the Silence

Words are tied in knots of silence!
I wished to say a lot of things
things that are caged
in the small corner of my heart
holding zillion expressions
under the soft coverlet of silence
SILENCE which is only visible...

The pulsating world beckons,
Rise, let this silence speak for you and me
let the unsaid lava flow freely through it
that unsaid lying beneath layered chastity
let this volcanic sin erupt in silent flames
envision! the flying ash touch the sky
settling down comfortably on rocks and sand
for ages to donate the barren with fertility
sprouting tender shoots and poppy buds
of equality and justice
let this silence speak for you and me!

Comments

Mukut's picture

Beautiful!

Loved both your story and the poem. Keep sharing more.

Love,

Mukut Ray

bhavna's picture

Thanks

Thank you dear for your feedback.
Love

Taha Mirani's picture

Evocative

Dear Bhavna,

It is an evocative piece. Loved it. Very powerful. More power to your pen. (y)

Love

Taha Mirani

bhavna's picture

Thanks

Thank you dear Taha for your encouraging comment. Humbled

Love
bhavna

Aminah's picture

who says you are not a writer? :)

you have done an excellent job of writing your cause, your personal story.
And I think you on the right path. Only those going through delimmas would understand it and feel it. So the change and the voice has to come within that group. And it is wonderful that you are taking a lead role in ensuring emancipation for the community..
And I loved your poem too. good on you.

Regards
Aminah

Salaam
Aminah

bhavna's picture

Thanks

Wow, I am a writer? :)) Dear Aminah thank you for your kind and encouraging response.
Yes, only those going through the catastrophe can be the judge of their plight and thus it is they who will have to be a rebel. As WP says,No one speaks for me. I speak for myself.
It surely needs courage and strength to be on the path I have chosen, and hope the wonderful women on WP like you and others with be my storehouse of it.

Thank you once again dear.

Regards
bhavna

TinaN's picture

Hi

Nice piece Bhavna.i so like the poem

bhavna's picture

Thanks

Thank you for going through the piece. You have a strong voice, keep going.

anab87j9's picture

This is sooo powerful!!!!!

This is sooo powerful!!!!! Keep up the amazing work you are doing!!!!! Your voice will rise!

Anab

bhavna's picture

Thanks

Dear Anab, thank you so much. Best wishes to you too.

love
bhavna

Hesychia's picture

Incredible imagery

Dear Bhavna ~

Your use of imagery speaks loudly of your ability as a writer. Writers are simply storytellers and poets who type or write. You reveal in your words the heart of a poet. Beautiful work!
I am also very moved by your story, however briefly written. You are a voice for women so often unheard; and if heard, unrecognized. Thank you for your courage and willingness to share it!

Hesychia

bhavna's picture

Thank You.

Dear Hesychia thank you so much for visiting and leaving such an encouraging comment. We surely need to be the voice that could relieve some of the miseries and myriads of problems the women community around us have to face everyday. I am so happy to see a large number of our concerned sister ably raising their voice through WP and it inspires me to take my share of responsibility. I am overwhelmed with the love and trust you have shown in me. Thank you once again.

Regards
bhavna

Maya Norton's picture

Voicing the Un-Voiced

Powerful! Can't wait to read more, Bhavna.

~ Maya

bhavna's picture

Humbled

Thank you for you encouraging feedback.

Regards
bhavna

Iffat Gill's picture

Greetings from a Listener!

Dear Bhavna,

I am so happy to read that you decided against staying a passive member and started to pour your thoughts in 'paper.' You write beautifully and I loved the potter analogies you used of how being molded a certain way defines who we are or aren't: "In a patriarchy, a woman is denied an opportunity to sculpt herself, in a free form, taking any shape."

Also, "A perfectly crafted pot has to suffer a drop, bang relentlessly, and have to crack or break to pieces. The art lies in the strength of gathering and putting back the pieces as desired, mending the cracks with the gold of resolute determination for self actualization. Becoming flawed."

Girl, you need to keep writing these beautiful pieces and keep inspiring and empowering others with your writings. Please also check your inbox for more feedback.

Best of wishes.

Iffat Gill

bhavna's picture

Thank you!

Dear Iffat,
Thank you so much for your encouring and kind feedback. I surely need these to do what I have planned to do. I dont wish to be passive anymore. Thanking you again.

Warm Regards
bhavna

aimeeknight's picture

This is a wonderful

This is a wonderful paragraph, "When I come to reflect on myself, I feel, I am a person completely made up of perfect flaws, furthermore perfected with time and it is this imperfection that define me, impart me the individuality. These flaws, symbolizes rejection of stereotype. They are the signs of resilience, resistance, growing up to believe in myself." Simply a beautiful statement.

Your poem is excellent as well! Keep up the good work!

"One shoe can change a life" ~ Cinderella

bhavna's picture

Thank You!

Dear Aimee

Thank you so much for visiting and giving your encouring feedback, I am humbled by your kind words.

Warm regards
bhavna

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