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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Kintsukuroi

by Reena Prasad

 Kintsukuroi they call it
 The art of mending with gold
 It works on people too-
 too fragile to be recycled
 and too human to be sewed

 An aranjanam and a radiant nettichutti
 to offset the paleness that unslept nights
 had bestowed
 Bangles to hush up the name
 she whispered sometimes
 to the breeze
 Zari edges of her sari to cover up the
 unsteady trip of her feet
 The gilt to light up her husband’s house
 to thaw the strangeness
 and make her feel at ease
 She entered, right foot first
 and was swallowed by obscurity
 Her golden padasarams kept beat
 to the fading music of her subdued ankles
 though an image of a broken silver one
 on a bare chest
 caused cracks in the mirror
 when she looked


Author's note:
aranjanam = waist chain
nettichutti = a head jewel
padasaram = anklets

10 comments:

  1. I like this one!!

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  2. Jigar Reena ji....amazing, with the zari laces.....love it....khushbash.

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    1. Jawaid Ji! My heartfelt thanks for your feedback.

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  3. dazzled by the poetic radiance.amazing!

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  4. SIgh! My heart is laden with the pain of a dead longing but also of the aching beauty of your poetry. You are something else Reena di!

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  5. Thank you Panjami. You rock!

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