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Basanta Kar
Basanta Kumar Kar

Mr. Basanta Kumar Kar hails from Kendrapara, Orissa (India). Mr. Kar has more than 25 years of experience in the social development sector, working to bring a lasting change to poverty and vulnerability in India and abroad. A student of English literature, Law and Rural Management from IRMA (Institute of Rural Management Anand), Mr. Kar has a passion for poetry since his childhood. His first collection of poems, ‘The Naïve Bird’ and the second collection of poems ‘The Silent Monsoon’ have been published by Books India International, New Delhi(A Unit of National Publishing House) and Writers Workshop, Calcutta respectively.

Canvas by Basanta Kumar Kar

Abandoned by the roots, I spread my branches

in a struggle to touch the bees and butterflies

I dream

to change a life, of love and sanity.

The night is dark outside

the blue waves roar high

a tumultuous inside,

the heat of bodies rubbing each other

make them mad and wild.

I laugh loudly

haunting of past creep

untold stories echo in silence

the body pulsates slowly the odor of sweat fills air

the customer leaves in delight.

The warm bosom, field fertile

up on sale

hearts can be transacted

my body gives pleasure to men

I embrace pain as joy

my joy

is only sorrow of use and abuse.

I embrace the other

for him an embrace of relief

for me a serpent around my legs, hands

each, a kiss for dead as a routine

yet I sanction.

The inner war of chastity surges on

dignity redefined

buying the bond high risk

I romance in barter

the past burns

an alien tree stands away

Alas! I only manage to earn a living.

(This is Bindu's story, young woman from Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh , India . She lost her parents in early childhood and has been since, forced into sex work)



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