Wednesday, April 09, 2014


Poetry, Apr '14
By Shaleen Rakesh


do you recognize it
from your past?

as your melted glacier?
your swollen sea?

coming down from her exile
in the heavens
removed from her history

coming down at once now
to strike you
and soothe your body.

Shaleen Rakesh is an author and activist based in New Delhi and has been at the forefront of the gender and sexuality movement in India for the last 20 years. He was the primary petitioner to challenge Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code in 2001. He currently works as Director at India HIV/AIDS Alliance in New Delhi, and is Editor with independent publishing house OpenWord in New Delhi.

Poem sourced from The Lion and the Antler, the first collection of poems by Shaleen Rakesh (World View Publications, 2013). Limited number of copies available with Varta – please write to

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