Monster – An Ovi Poem
you grabbed my arms when i said “no”
pushed me down hard i can’t let go
you’re a monster ready to blow
spitfire upon my soul.
rape, that’s how you call it, damn you!
don’t tell me you don’t have a clue
you tattoed my heart in deep blue
how could you have done that?
tell me, are you still that monster?
who put me through hell and in fear?
so don’t ask me as if you care
‘cos you never really.
What is rape?
If a man forces you to have penetrative sex or has sex with you without your consent or agreement, that’s rape. I don’t want to be so graphic about this, but it is basically brutal and graphic on its own terms alone. Rape could also happen not solely to a girl or a woman but to a man or, worst, a young boy.
Whatever the circumstances, nobody has the right to force you to have sex or have sex with you without your consent. If this happens to you, it’s important to remember it’s not your fault.
What is sexual assault?
If someone intentionally grabs or touches you in a sexual way that you don’t like, or you’re forced to kiss someone or do something else sexual against your will, that’s sexual assault.
What is consent?
Consent can never be assumed, even in a relationship or marriage. It doesn’t matter what you wore at the time or how you behaved — sex without your consent is rape.
You may not be able to consent if you were under the influence of alcohol or drugs, didn’t understand what was happening, or were asleep. It cannot be assumed if you can’t give your consent.
You’re allowed to change your mind — if, at first, you wanted to have sex but then decided against it, that’s ok, and no one has the right to force you to continue. If they don’t stop, they are committing sexual assault or rape.
for Val’s August Scavenger Hunt
Ovi is commonly known as 12th-century folk-songs of the Maranthi Region of India which expressed love, social irony and heroic events.
Tukaram, a 17th Century Maranthi Poet wrote:
Because I could not lie
I named my dog “God”.
Startled at first,
Soon he was smiling
Now he won’t even bite.
Do you suppose this might work
On people, too?
The elements of the Ovi are:
- stanzaic, written in any number of 4 line stanzas.
- syllabic, 8-8-8-(less than 8 ) syllables
- rhymed, with L1, L2, L3 mono-rhymed L4 unrhymed. aaax, x being unrhymed