History has been a testament to the fact that when nothing offers you refuge, words do. Time and again, people have sought comfort in the words of writers and authors. However, with the growing popularity of social media, a lot of voices that were never heard before are now finding audiences.
In the past, several people have taken it to open-mic sessions to express themselves – be it their pain, agony, anger, regression, love or depression; with the help of words, thousands are now telling the world exactly what’s on their minds.
Here’s a list of people who’ve produced powerful pieces of art with their words-
1. “She was sold, while still a daughter”
He may not be a conventional poet, but Kapoor maintains an Instagram account that can easily soothe your aching soul. He work recently caught limelight after he gave a powerful performance on “something that nobody addresses” . His poem makes a strong case for sex workers and women forced into trafficking.
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2. “I have lost 17 of my own…but I know, ONLY I CAN HIT BACK…”
Amidst the growing tension that encapsulated India after the deadly Uri attack, an anonymous soldier wrote a poem explaining just how the Indian Army was feeling about its loss. At a time when no one could explain or talk about the dreadful situation, this poem comforted several hearts.
(Also Read: This Poem By An Anonymous Indian Soldier Is Exactly What The Army Feels After #UriAttack)
3. “I am sorry this poem is offensive to extroverts because, honestly, fuck you.”
Life throws random challenges on a daily basis, and one of them is to fight with the conundrums in your mind. Are you an extrovert? Are you an introvert? Are you an ambivert? Rabia Kapoor, who also happens to be Rajat Kapoor’s daughter, has come up with a fabulous piece of spoken poetry that talks about what goes on in the mind of an introvert.
(Also Read: This Poem Is Everything A Shy Person With A Brilliant Mind Wants To Say To All Extroverts)
4. “You can’t touch me, you have no right”
We all remember the mass molestation on New Year’s evening in Bangalore and how troubling the entire incidence was. To address it, Tharien from Tamil Nadu, decided to take out her anger through a poem. Her verse, which is simple yet brilliant, will pierce right through your heart, and you’ll find yourself nodding your head in absolute approbation.
(Also Read: This Woman’s Viral Poem Is A Powerful Take On What Happened In Bengaluru On New Year’s Eve)
5. “We’re girls, women, human, not a burden”
Now a big name on YouTube, Aranya’s first viral piece of art was this poem that talked about gender discrimination on a larger scale. Through her poetry she explains a multitude of biases that exist. She explains how men get uncomfortable while discussing ‘periods’ but are perfectly fine bantering about sex.
(Also Read: This Girl’s Fearless And Bold Poem On Gender Discrimination Carries A Serious Feminist Punch)
6. “Mandir ki chaukhat meri hai, masjid ke qible mere hai, gurudwaare ka darbar mera, yeshu ke girje mere hai.”
Islamophobia is increasing daily, and it’s time voices were raised against hatred. Hussain Haidry’s poem talks about the troubles of being an Indian Muslim. He perfectly captures the sentiment that he is as much a part of this society as any other Indian who belongs to a different faith.
(Also Read: This Guy’s Beautiful Poem Will Tell You Exactly How It Feels To Be A ‘Hindustani-Musalmaan’!)
7. “Jub kilkariyan sahem jayein, Jub totli boliyan khamosh ho jayein, Samjho kuch ghalat hai”
The death of 7-year-old Pradyuman Thakur sparked shocked debates and concerns about school safety across the country. People took to the streets, social media and school campuses to express their agony. Amidst this tension, Prasoon Joshi wrote a poignant piece of poem which left many devastated and worried.
(Also Read: Prasoon Joshi’s Poem On The Gurugram Murder Case Of A 7-YO Kid Will Make You Very Emotional)
8. “Man up they told me, man up, young boy”
There’s a lot of talk around town about feminism, but oppression sees no gender. Simar’s poem on manning up takes us on a touching ride of who is allowed to feel emotions. He forces us to reminisce about how our fathers, brothers, and sons have been asked to man up because some things are just not for real men.
(Also Read: This Hard-Hitting Poem On Equal Rights For Men Just Like Women Is Going Viral & Rightly So!)
9. “I should have been in bed by 10, or planned all life events before 3, because I am on a rape schedule”
Bhavna titled her poem as ‘Rape Schedule’ and it talks about nothing but how ‘staying unraped’ is becoming an existential crisis for women around the world. Her poem is a tight slap on the society’s regressive attitudes.
(Also Read: Delhi Woman’s Poem On India’s ‘Rape Schedule’ Reminds Us Of What We Urgently Need Freedom From)
10. “Kitna shukr tha usse is baat ka ki woh agle din kisi random news channel par hone wale debate ki wajah nahi bani”
Unfortunately, we don’t the name of the guy who is behind this brilliance but Shukr is a poem on the terror that revolves around rape, harassment and molestation. It’s about the fear that a woman gets every time she sees a group of men. The constant fear of getting molested or raped and the final sigh of relief that she will reach home untouched is what this poem Shukr is all about.
(Also Read: Poem ‘Shukr’ Aptly Describes The Horror Girls Feel For Every Second Spent Outside A Safe Space)
11. “But love is never too intellectual to get away with right?”
If you think that the progressive thinker in you is in tune with feminist goals, read on! Diksha’s poem is a perfect piece on interpreting the essence of feminism. Most people equate feminism with misandry, and not the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes. This poem turns your mindset on its head.
(Also Read: This Slam Poem That Packs A Serious Feminist Punch Is About Every Ambitious Woman In Today’s Time)
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