I will Run I will Live – A Poem by Rimli Bhattacharya



I will run I will live

His words rang in her mind –
“I never loved you” .
She closed her ears,
To escape the silent screams
From her past.

She thought he loved her,
His maneuvers – all lies?
Sasha’s party, uncle Mole had said –
“You are the one a man will want as a spouse, a lover and as a friend”.

She became a recluse.
For he said he will burn her face if she removes her veil;
She did as he wished;
A sex slave, she remained in the shackles
Till he left her for another woman.

She sat in silence, contemplating suicide.
Until a glaring voice spoke loud within her –
“Fight it out woman, you need to live”.

Looking at her shadow, she rose.
She stumbled, the shadows mocked –
“Tired or scared?”

Smiling she said to the starlit sky –
“I cannot die as I need to live for you;
I am alive that is my revenge
I survived though I was betrayed
I am proud you hated me man
I will now run like a fire along
The path where you left me,
I will run, I will live.”


About the author:

Rimli Bhattacharya is a gold medalist in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, and also holds an MBA in supply chain management. Her essay on mental illness in the anthology “Book of Light”  published by  Speaking Tiger Publications caught much attention in literary circles. Her writings have appeared in several magazines. She is also a trained classical dancer (Kathak & Odisi forms).