Retribution- Poetry Feature

It is a humbling experience when one of your favourite writers and bloggers deigns your work worthy enough to be showcased on Blood Into Ink – a platform that portrays warrior voices of survival. You can find my poem, Retribution, as shared on Blood Into Ink, down below. Please be sure to give the collective a visit and be awed by the writings of beautiful, strong, resilient warriors who’ve survived and rebuilt their lives after experiencing unspeakable traumas.

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A squeak
A groan
A whimper
A whine.
As you took from me
All that was mine.
A blade
A cut
A drop
A scar.
Was what I was reduced to
A once bright, burning star.
A will
A strength
A stand
A heart
Gathered over time
To pull me back on my feet.

Hurt. Recovery.
Hope. Despair.
A never ending cycle
Of deep viciousness.
Pills. Needles.
Drinks. Dregs.
Efforts to obliterate
Memories from my consciousness.
You took.
My silence for submission.
Now pray.
And pay.
The price of retribution.

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Varnika Jain is prone to having verbal epiphanies in the midst of all the cacophony surrounding her life.Β  She is a voracious reader, vociferous eater and a vehemently passionate writer. You can read more of her writing at Moonlighting Scrivener where you can find her changing the world, one word at a time.

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10 thoughts on “Retribution- Poetry Feature

          1. we need to support each other in times such as these when society and the world are more obsessed with the hoarding of wealth by the few and at the expense of the many – and mostly women who have to shoulder the burdens that are far too many and all that while having to bear the brunt of the cruelty of men in a “man’s world” and with the convenient apathy of societies. the struggle continues. in South Africa during the struggle against Apartheid there was a slogan that said ” now that you have touched the women, you have dislodged a boulder and you will be crushed ” – if only we could unite as one people and battle the scourge of misogyny and so much else we could bring change to societies that are still hiding behind the veil of religion and culture and tradition in order to continue the subjugation of women. I am honoured to have connected with you and may your tireless work continue. In solidarity, afzal

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