Meenakshi Verma


"Our Slaps" raises the question of whether and at all traumatized mothers, who once used to be abused daughters, can confess and escape their psychic hinterlands without being tricked into becoming abusive by subconsciously switching their role identity from a victim to a persecutor. The poem achieves this by boldly offering that rare chance to one such mother who ultimately dares to lay the first cornerstone of intention for a healthy legacy of unabused women. Despite being trapped in a hopeless vicious cycle, this mother struggles to allow her young daughter to keep her innocence intact by deliberately curbing her demonic instincts and breaking the toxic pattern. Thus, we witness a woman- once a daughter, now a mother, earnestly trying to forgive and apologize for the years of abuse, collapsing the cycle of violence that feeds on itself for many generations.