the pedestal cracks

Highly touching….’and the pedestal cracks’

SONYA KASSAM

I have not written about the place of a woman in society before. Simply because I never knew what to say. Then I came across an article which had some stunning photos, and I found the words….these words…

woman created as
a symbol of fertility
an inspiration for architecture
a cradle for divinity
a source of poetry
and a mother’s blessing
at her feet lies
your paradise *
a sister’s tenderness
with a fragile thread
a bond declared **
a daughter’s adoration
a lover’s seduction
and a wife’s devotion
from pheras to the pyre ***
… and beyond

but she is turned into
a goddess or
an unwanted 
burden
to hurriedly marry off

a pariah blamed for
the death of her consort
an untouchable
a caste of her own

and the pedestal cracks…

Here are some of the photos, more to be found in the article
Photographer Shoots Her Friend As…

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