[Issue 1 / May 2012]

Stigmatic widowhood by Dr.Vivekanand Jha

Customs, curse for widow

and blessings for widower

widow, a horse with bridle;

widower, a tiger without fetters.


Stand two victims in the sea of sympathy

All waves sway towards the widower

and stranded at seashore, she sees

Wordlessly, all worldly ebbs and flows.


It matters little whether he is

alcoholic, gambler, or pimp

All he needs is to be a man of means and

heflavors a fresh offer of brides:

sweet sixteen to authentic virgin.


But a widow, even though

authentic, ascetic, and aesthetic

Not passed even single conjugal night,

Even though married but untouched

If struck by stigmatic widowhood,

she struggles to seek or solemnize

even stale or left over mate for herself.


Dr.Vivekanand Jha is a translator, editor and award winning poet from India. He has  MA  and  Ph. D in English from Lalit Narayan Mithila University, Darbhanga. He is a contributing poet to Wavelengths – 2011 Savant Anthology of Poetry (USA) which has won first place in the 2011 London Book Festival. He has been Poetry Contest Winner-Third Place Winner for the poem “Hands Heave to Harm and Hamper” conducted by Beginners®, a documentary, graphic, nonfiction book series (USA). He is the author of five books of poetry. He has also authored one critical book on the poetry of Jayanta Mahapatra and edited two critical anthologies on Indian English Novels. His works have been published in more than sixty magazines round the world. His poems have been chosen and published in more than fifteen poetry anthologies. He has more than twenty research and critical articles published in various national and international anthologies and referred journals. He is son of noted professor, poet and award winning translator Dr.RajanandJha (Crowned with SahityaAkademi Award, New Delhi).