Men explain things to me – Megha Sood

The sharp wind
grazes and cuts my tongue
/razor-sharp/
like your disagreement towards
how I live my life
your pointy misconceptions
about how it has been traded for various things
to give you little pleasures
as the expense of my happiness

the black metallic taste
of my unspoken truths
sits at the back of my throat
mulling in obsidian time
resting precariously on my forked tongue
slithering and infusing that deep
the sense of fear in the roots of your hair
as they stand the back of your neck

I fear the day when my shredded truth
will drip and taints your soul
your pristine soul,
and your rambunctious gesture of owning everything
will crumble like a house of cards
in your phony wonderland

your ramshackle leash around my neck
hasn’t choked me enough
to knock out the wind
out of my chest
those broken rods of resilience
though pounded a million times
with your sheer ignorance
hasn’t given it yet

You,
with a smirk on your face
think I have caged my heart
but instead, I have given it an armor
a valiant shield,
against your vulture beak
as it tries fervently to preen the truth
from the depth of my soul
my bones rattle in a symphony
with crimson rage.
when men explain things to me.

 


 

Megha Sood lives in Jersey City, New Jersey. She is a contributing member at Free Verse Revolution, Heretics, Lovers and Madmen, Sudden Denouement, Whisper and the Roar, GoDogGoCafe and Poetry editor at Ariel Chart. Over 300+ works in journals including Better than Starbucks, FIVE:2: ONE, KOAN, Kissing Dynamite, Mojave Heart Review, Adelaide, Foliate Oak. Visitant Lit, Quail Bell, Dime show review, etc. and works featured/upcoming in 20 other print anthologies by the US, Australian, and Canadian Press. Two-time State-level winner of the NAMI ( National Alliance on Mental Illness) NJ Poetry Contest 2018/2019.National level poetry finalist in Poetry Matters Prize 2019. Poetry selected multiple times for Genre Night reading by Jersey City Writers group and events sponsored by the Department of Cultural Affairs. She blogs at https://meghasworldsite.wordpress.com/ and tweets at @meghasood16.

My body is not an apology – Megha Sood

This body–
my body is not an apology
it’s a prayer
Forgiveness wrapped in the filigrees end of my skin
frayed at the ends
battered for so long
by your pointy convictions
and cookie-cutter rules which try
to shape and mold this body along

My body is not an apology
it doesn’t desire to fit in a frame
mapped inch by inch
else they are ashamed
My body is not an apology
its a roar, a declaration
an unapologetic
unabashed
straight truth in your face
a war cry,
a deafening scream from the silence

My body is not an apology
this body will not be mapped
a benchmark for beauty,
an attempt to hide the crows-feet
or the spider veins
from your vile eyes
and your forked tongue

My body is not an apology
but a safe haven
an epitome of affection,
a metaphor for crimson love
which flows in my veins for years to come

My body is not an apology
It’s an eye of the storm
a dance of destruction,
safe haven for life
forgiveness in disguise

With love neatly folded in the wrinkles of skin
warmth oozing from every pore of my skin
a lesson etched in very single crows feet
forgiveness written through every inch of my spider veins
this body is not an apology–
but a profound lesson
a triumphant proclamation;
An unfettered declaration.


Megha Sood lives in Jersey City, New Jersey. She is a contributing member at Free Verse Revolution, Heretics, Lovers and Madmen, Sudden Denouement, Whisper and the Roar, GoDogGoCafe and Poetry editor at Ariel Chart. Over 300+ works in journals including Better than Starbucks, FIVE:2: ONE, KOAN, Kissing Dynamite, Mojave Heart Review, Adelaide, Foliate Oak. Visitant Lit, Quail Bell, Dime show review, etc. and works featured/upcoming in 20 other print anthologies by the US, Australian, and Canadian Press. Two-time State-level winner of the NAMI ( National Alliance on Mental Illness) NJ Poetry Contest 2018/2019.National level poetry finalist in Poetry Matters Prize 2019. Poetry selected multiple times for Genre Night reading by Jersey City Writers group and events sponsored by the Department of Cultural Affairs. She blogs at https://meghasworldsite.wordpress.com/ and tweets at @meghasood16.

How to be a woman? – Megha Sood

There are rules to be followed
guidelines to be remembered
regulations to be followed
to the T.

before I can call myself a woman
a lady like appearance–
an ever-present grin on my face
smiling from ear to ear,
just to ease you into the life
as you please.

I should bow down in obedience
should never raise my voice
walk with the stoop of discipline
and eat with your hand.
With the freedom, you have handed me on the plate
Like I was the chosen one, you see

Oh! that skirt is a little shorter than we expected
see it clearly fails to keep those lurking demon
inside their skin.
Now, you have shown them
too much flesh
now they will come out
will rip you into shreds
and devour your soul from within.

“I told you” they will say
keep your voice down
the patriarchy can’t handle you pitch
they are tone-deaf to your songs of freedom
every war cry of yours
is not more than a mere screech

Give in to the fear of those jackals
those protectors lurking in the dark
they are the guardians,
the unabashed kings
of this society.

So next time the world tries to
teach me how to be a women
/an epitome of grace and elegance/
they should come and witness the scars
I bore on my body.

and the glow I carry
which can put their
thousand suns to shame
a sight their shameful eyes
can’t bear to see.


Megha Sood lives in Jersey City, New Jersey. She is a contributing member at Free Verse Revolution, Heretics, Lovers and Madmen, Sudden Denouement, Whisper and the Roar, GoDogGoCafe and Poetry editor at Ariel Chart. Over 300+ works in journals including Better than Starbucks, FIVE:2: ONE, KOAN, Kissing Dynamite, Mojave Heart Review, Adelaide, Foliate Oak. Visitant Lit, Quail Bell, Dime show review, etc. and works featured/upcoming in 20 other print anthologies by the US, Australian, and Canadian Press. Two-time State-level winner of the NAMI ( National Alliance on Mental Illness) NJ Poetry Contest 2018/2019.National level poetry finalist in Poetry Matters Prize 2019. Poetry selected multiple times for Genre Night reading by Jersey City Writers group and events sponsored by the Department of Cultural Affairs. She blogs at https://meghasworldsite.wordpress.com/ and tweets at @meghasood16.

And how the body heals-Megha Sood

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And how the body teaches itself to heal

to get up 

shed off the scars

the sullen time has left behind

rub off all the cobwebs 

of the stale vapid moments

nesting in you for time forever 

taking shelter in your mind

feasting on your memories

like maggots

and sucking off the light 

that was once so divine

 

And the how the body teaches itself to recover

by crying profusely 

pouring out the tears

chaos of the lonely soul 

that deep lamentation 

that once gone sour

and how it springs that fountain of elixir

stemming from the depths of your heart

to cleanse you

once again

and to baptize your sins

marking you as a nubile

a soul apart

 

And how the body fight and shuts itself down

cocooned within itself 

sitting cross-legged in the dark 

hunched by the pain of the 

deep remorse

and sitting in complete silence 

mute and numb to the core

those screech and 

the screams are falling on the 

deaf and dead ears 

when the cacophony 

gets too loud to hear

and your mind plays soliloquy 

with its core

 

And how the body preaches itself 

that’s it OK to love and heal once again

let the old scars heal 

for the new ones to 

be born again.

The body never forgets to heal

even though we forget to remind it.

–Megha Sood

We, the broken- Megha Sood

 

Dreams crushed and pulverized to the core
I walk alone on this path
broken and sore;
this emptiness seeps
loneliness sits neatly in my pores
Silence screams the loudest
at its core;
a flag stripped of its mast
I’m trying to gather the pieces of me
splintered and stuck in
hundreds of soul
faces– known to me
faces I ignore;
I unpluck and unclutch parts of me
lodged in all the bleary hearts
I once loved
to whom I bared my soul;
We, the broken
like a lost piece of the puzzle
always searching
always alone.

–Megha Sood

Inspired by Eric Syrdal and Jessica Nodarse

 

Shortlisted for a state level poetry contest- Please vote-“A Journey towards freedom”–Megha Sood

Dear blogging family,

I’m happy and excited to share the news that one of my poems got shortlisted

for “NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Expressive Arts 2019 Mental Health Poetry Contest” among top 10 finalists.

They will be choosing the winners based on voting. Please click on the link

here to cast your vote. They have concealed the name of the poet -The name of my

entry is “A Journey towards freedom

Please do me a favor and vote for your fellow blogger.

Thanks a million,

Megha Sood

Megha Sood Shares Her Favorite Indie Feminist Books of 2018

Name: Megha Sood

Where you post your writing:

https://meghasworldsite.wordpress.com/
https://whisperandtheroar.com/
https://godoggocafe.com/
http://arielchart.blogspot.com/
https://freeverserevolution.wordpress.com/
https://candlesonline.wordpress.com/
https://poetscornerblog.wordpress.com/

Publications:

We Will not be Silenced ( Indie Blu(e) Press), 2018
Oddball Magazine
Scrittura Magazine
Dime Show Review
Fourth and Sycamore
KOAN ( Paragon Press)
Vita Brevis Literature

Three favorite indie books of 2018

1.  Composition of a woman

Author: Christine E Ray

Where it can be purchased: Amazon

Christine Ray’s debut composition of poetry is a candid and powerful glimpse into the essence of womanhood. The ease and the sheer brilliance she portrays in her writing is highly commendable. The book is divided into five sections namely Nerve, Brain,Blood , Ribs and Breast. Each section leaves you in awe of her magical quill as she describes her struggle with her body, which is heartbreaking and empowering at the same time. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to takes this amazing journey into the pure essence of the womanhood and its struggles.
My rating: Five Stars

2. Quit Your Job and Become a Poet (Out of Spite)

Author: Ms. Georgia Park

Press: FVR Publishing

If there is one word to describe Georgia Park’s writing style, it’s brutally honest-in your face confessional-knock your socks off poetry. Well, I used a lot of words but that’s how would feel once you start reading this book. It’s a ride on a rollercoaster with sudden breaks. Finally, when you pause, you relish the honesty oozing out of her poems. It vacillates between the confession and advice from a big sister. She doesn’t mince her words and her poems resonate the brutally honest truth she faced in real life after relocating from a different country. A dish of complex truth served on a simple alluring dish. Go for it!

Where it can be purchased: Amazon

My rating: Five Stars

3.  We will not be silenced

Editors: Kindra M. Austin, Candice Louisa Daquin, Rachael Finch, and Christine E. Ray

Press: Indie Blu(e) Publishing

We Will Not Be Silenced is a living testament of how the collective voices of survivors can be turned into the roaring declaration of strength, determination, and courage. It is a powerful exposition of how the courage of the survivors can be a shining beacon for those whose voices have gone unheard. There is a lot going between the pages as the survivors have poured their heart out. It indeed is triggering and has to read with utmost care. An anthology which is not only a piece of art but a stark reflection of today’s so-called educated society where women, men, and kids are being harassed and assaulted on a daily basis. It is an excellent attempt by the editors and the courageous contributors of this anthology to spread the power of healing through words of art, poetry, and prose. It’s a must-read for the survivors of the sexual abuse but also by any compassionate human being.

My rating : Five Stars

Where it can be purchased: Amazon

Megha Sood lives in Jersey City, New Jersey. She is a contributing author at GoDogGO Cafe, Candles Online, Free Verse Revolution, Whisper and the Roar, Poets Corner and contributing editor at Ariel Chart.

Her works are published or forthcoming in 521 Magazine #Sideshow, Oddball, Pangolin review, Fourth and Sycamore, KOAN ( Paragon press), Modern Literature, Visual Verse, Vita Brevis, Modern poetry, Dime Show Review, Piker Press and many more. Her poetry has recently been published in the anthology “We will not be silenced” by Indie Blu(e) Publishing and upcoming in four other anthologies by US and Canadian Press.

She recently won the 1st prize in NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Mental Health Poetry contest. She blogs at https://meghasworldsite.wordpress.com/.