The Burning of the Bra-Burner


They tied her to the stake.

Chanting,

Man Hater.

Man Hater.

Man Hater.

She searched for him,

the one she loved,

the father of her children.

His shoulders slumped,

his eyes red with weeping,

there he stood,

alone, in the angry mob.

The lecherous fire circled her,

the heat of its breath,

tickling her feet.

The feet that walked her children

into adulthood.

In its passion, the fire ripped through her,

and lingered in searing agony on her arms.

The arms that held her man together

when he was broken.

At last, the kiss of death, the fire planted

on her ravaged mouth.

The mouth that spoke up for what was right.

The mouth that protested against injustice,

be it woman, man, creature or child.

But the people seek what they serve

and cast all else aside.

As the satanic flames licked her face,

her hands still clutched

the Mother Goddess pendant around her neck.

Together they melted in a fiery union.

Her charred ashes mixed with those

of her now silenced sisters,

as yet another brave daughter

returned to Mother Earth’s embrace.

Alisha “Priti” Kirpalani is the author of “A Smattering Of Darkness: Short and Shorter Twisted Tales,” (available on Kindle Unlimited) a collection of short stories of varying lengths encapsulating the grey shades of the human psyche. Her new novel will be published later this year.

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