THE OUTRAGE PROJECT - Featuring Poet Minal Hajratwala

"I am broken by the revolt exploding inside me"

By Minal Hajratwala

Your rage is pomegranates spilling open on ice, is the flute’s thin silver seam, is a volcano spitting rivulets of fire to wash clean these corrupt lands.  Your rage is solidarity before after & during the hashtag. Your rage is the angel of karma before after & during the video. Your rage throbs tight in your chest against symbologies of sticks & stones & chokes that break ligament & bone. Your rage is the fulcrum of your desire, chimaerae busting out of cages, heart-sparks flying. Your rage gets shit done & it is no joke. Your rage is the luminous gold truth of sunrise, what you sit with long enough to dissolve your fear.  Your rage is a checkmate to your compromise. Your rage is heat from a magnifying glass, focused, bursting into flame.  Your rage is a cool blue spotlight circling the empty stage. Your rage is the dog who won’t lie down for the wrong master, fierce hen who won't be moved till her brood is hatched, moth who unbinds her cocoon & lifts her body toward light.  Your rage is a lesson & you learn it as you breathe. Your rage is this holy sword slicing through stone walls.  Your rage is a sentence that says what it must, full-stop. Your rage is our dream of a sweeter brighter world. Your rage is this oar treading the sea to steer this ship this gorgeous fucking hot mess goddamn revolution.

Author's note: The title is a line from “Cruelty” by Namdeo Dhasal, poet and founder of the Dalit Panther movement.

Minal Hajratwala is an award-winning author, poet, writing coach, and co-founder of The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective, devoted to publishing new poetic voices from global India. 


This is the 2nd post in the 8-part series featuring poets and writers on theme of OUTRAGE. Here is my brief intro to the project.