Rondels are a French form of poetry, consisting of 13 lines: two quatrains and a quintet, rhyming as follows: ABba abAB abbaA. The capital letters are the refrains, or repeats.
The recent events surrounding rape and the following outcry in India has been on my mind a lot. There is much I have to say but I will restrict myself here to saying that we need to sensitise the entire country if the rape has to stop. And that includes those eve teasers and “roadside Romeos” who feel free to grope at young girls in crowded places. This poems comes from one such memory of an outrage.
There are only tragedies here
voices wrenched from innocent souls
no one dies or is remembered
just roughness, unforgiving and cold.
Ask not how the story unfolds
or why humanity disappears
there are only tragedies here
voices wrenched from innocent souls.
They chewed our bodies threadbare
as through our lives they stole
yet we stand we still are whole
despite knowing. In every leer
there are only tragedies here.