Pushpa Achanta
Posted February 1, 2015 from India
Street flavours
Earning a livelihood in Bangalore

O Kasturi!

Your song

Captured me,

Your smile --

Enraptured me.

Who are they

That defined your beauty

But missed your dignity?

Be strong forever

Dear sister

For you, your mother

Your boys and others.

NOTE: Kasturi is a friendly, 33-year old street vendor (like the lady in the picture) and gender violence survivor who sells leafyvegetables on a footpath in north Bangalore. Her joyous, pragmatic and hopeful demeanour during our brief chat while I bought corriander from herlast week, inspired the above words.

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Yvette Warren
Feb 02, 2015
Feb 02, 2015

A lovely photograph and a haunting poem.

Thanks for blessing us with both.


Kristina M
Feb 03, 2015
Feb 03, 2015

A beautiful poem about a beautiful soul...


Yvette Warren
Feb 21, 2015
Feb 21, 2015

I believe that "Kasturi" was the name of "Mahatma" Gandhi's wife.

sreetanwi chakraborty
Mar 08, 2015
Mar 08, 2015

this is a poem that is so soulful and realistic!