This poem is about the plight of women of colour (African, Indian, etc) from the point of view of a bird (The Scarlet Ibis). Just like the bird, some of them are enclosed within ‘bars of gold’ with big dreams in their eyes. They do not want to be spoon-fed and have their feathers ‘polished’: They want to be independent and ‘have them covered’ in the ‘sweaty dyes’ of hard work.
I hope when girls read this poem, they have the same awakening and they realize their importance in this patriarchal society of ours. Nikita Parik
A scarlet Ibis’ burnin’ plea…
Enclosed within bars of gold, i glance at the young sun before me
~ with dream-filled eyes;
My polished feathers gleam scarlet in morning shame
~ for i would rather have them covered in sweaty dyes.
Now the youthful halo bedazzles the world with its blinding glory
And the winds all cry,
~good-bye, good bye….
O fiery god of the pagan world,
Bless me with the Fiery nib of Plath’s instrument of freedom
Bless me with a frenzied woman’s prowess, till i accomplish that
which i intend to, in a hundred thousand suns.
This poem is at once personal and universal. The ‘she’ in the poem can be any lady forced to create an imaginary world of her own to fulfill the void that she feels in her real life. Nikita Parik
“A scarlet Ibis’ burnin’ plea…” and “Nutopia” © 2012 by Nikita Parik. Parik is a 20 year old poet from Calcutta, India. She is in her final year of English at the University of Calcutta and studies French under The Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture.