Art is the proper task of life

{September 20, 2007}   A Desire in the Bangles

By Gagan Gill

A desire is in the girl’s bangles:
first they will break on his bed
then on the threshold of his house.
But why on the threshold?
Because in the girl there is a woman
mourning – who is not yet
a widow
but a widow to be.
The girl’s fear throbs in her veins
as far as her bangles
The girl’s desire throbs in them
The girl’s mourning throbs in them
Where is the girl’s man
for whom mourning runs in her veins
for whom desire is in her bangles?
Her man is caught
in some other body
some other dream
sorrow, other tears
His every sorrow, dream, tear
is beyond the reach of the mourning girl…
But the girl is only a girl
in her is that primal innocence,
madness, death,
whose punishment
she will give to that man
one day
when she will break her bangles…

Translated from Hindi by Jane Duran


I’m curious to find our more/ read more about this poet/genre.

Aliana says:

I have only read some of Gagan Gill so I am not that familiar with his work but this poem particularly stands out so I posted it here.

Gagan Gill says:

Aliana, I thought the poem made it conspicuous that the poet Gagan Gill is a woman! Not that it matters but since this particular poem is about a feminine response.

Thanks for liking it.

Gagan Gill

Aliana says:

Wow, thanks for stopping by Gagan. I absolutely liked the poem. I think it comes directly from the heart.

Aliana says:

Gagan Gill: Also I would be interested in knowing more.

Sumera says:

Ah..nice poem. Never heard of the poet before, is his other work similar to this?

Shahrzad says:

But the girl is only a girl
in her is that primal innocence,
madness, death..

Wonderful, amazing, motivated.. The poem shaked me up..
Thank you Gagan Gill to say the poem.. Thank you aliana to share it..

a s m a says:

And I never thought that much when i wear bangles 🙂

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