Breast-giver

Beggar-pickpocket-hooker,
breast-giver—she creates in the
blind alleys with chapped feet and
large round breasts. Take your wife,
greedy crow, unthinking bull driven by
lust. You eat rice and stolen samosas by
the oil lamp. Countless beings raised a hue
and cry in deepest night. She creates as mother,
pinched skinny even while your flies were
fat. Her capacious bosom, a seething vat
of milk. Her offspring, a better human
material created by devotion, by
mother’s will. I put flowers on
her belly, her languid-hipped
body, her motherhood.

 

–Found in Devi, Mahasveta. “Breast-giver.” Trans. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. Breast Stories: 38-45. Print.

–Originally published by Reconnaissance Magazine. Issue 3. August 2014. Print and online.

–Reprinted by Weasel PressDegenerates: Voices for Peace.  November, 2014. Print and online.

 

Next poem: Broken Hearts Buried Here

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