“Dark Kali” by Ria Naidoo

whilst every brown boy and his mother leaf through the beauty
of local girls,
I sit rudely in the scorching sun daring him to turn me darker

they’re checking the boxes that define perfection—
milky skin against ebony locks, submissive eyes.

but they lump me separately—
too much fire for a family so obviously dry.

with my ideas for grand women, embracing all colours & sexes
& loves,
with my outline for a fair marriage,
& a mouth full of truth,
I am not the fabric of pretty Indian brides.

you are looking for a woman to replicate your mother,
feed you sweetmeats and stroke your ego,
a woman who will not ask why you smell like deceit,
or will never expect you to commit to equality.

hear me small brown man,
I do not care if you do not fit me as the queen of your home,
my father made me the goddess of his,
and you may call me Kali.

Ria Naidoo has been writing short stories and poems since her days in primary school. She enjoys poetry based on real-life events or observations of life around her. She hopes to expand her writing into an artistic expression of navigating a modern life with its unique experiences.


  1. Lucinda Dheepnarain

    Wow Ria, you are indeed talented. This was incredibly moving and a beautifully written piece. I love you work x I hope you will always have inspiration so you can amaze us with your words.

  2. Suhana

    Wordsmithery at its best! Ri…you will never fully understand what your words will do for every girl child / woman / wife reading this!!!!

  3. Vanitha

    What an amazing peice Ria. You are the voice of many and I get to call you my neice. Super proud of you. Larger than life. Deep soul 🙏🏽❤🌻

  4. C.C

    A few words with such a massive effect on not only women but men like me too.What an amazing mind you have there Goddess!

  5. Prashant

    Beautiful piece, absolutely relevant that not only speaks to other powerful women but the innate awareness within all beings. Love & Light.

  6. Dr. K Naidoo

    A Beautifully crafted piece demonstrating something few have ever been able to express yet everyone surely feels. Your works have the potential to change society for the better!

    You’ve always been an inspiration!

  7. Dharsh

    Dear Ria,

    I absolutely love this…. for its truth, relevance and Ofcourse Your Voice. Thank You! Continue Breaking the Traditions of unspoken truths and challenge the status quo

    …so looking forward to reading more.

  8. Venashan

    This is really well written. Nice to read your work and looking forward to reading future posts.

  9. Lee

    Absolutely Brilliant Ria!

    Really Looking forward to more amazing pieces!

    Keep at it you talented Goddess!

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