Mad Women of Tenkasi


Amani of Tenkasi became a myth when she

behaved like she owned her body.


One morning women doing their laundry

by the river look up to see her wedding necklace

with its sacred talismans

arc through the air and into the stream.


Amani watches the current swallow

the snake of thread, as if accepting

her divorce.


Rivers accept

any offering indifferently.

She adjusts her sari around her shoulders,

clambers up the mossy bank,


then heads home.


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