VERSE|MARDANGI – My Patriarchal Burden

This is A sequel to my earlier verse “Ravaged”.This piece looks at the complicated nuances of nurture and upbringing, as opposed to the static all-out denunciation of the individual perpetrating familial rape. This piece of writing attempts to highlight the grotesque patriarachy which we have allowed to perpetuate and which has damaged generations of both,Continue reading “VERSE|MARDANGI – My Patriarchal Burden”

VERSE| CARPE DIEM

I sit here, encircled in my routine,My safety net spread around me like a bright yellow blanket.The sameness, the everydayness keeping it close, gently embracing.I’ve gulped down the first half of my mug of coffeeSo now I’m surrounded also, by a warm cloak of caffeine.I stretch inwardly with the languid requiescence of a just-fed, just-lovedContinue reading “VERSE| CARPE DIEM”

VERSE| RAVAGED

A tribute (brutal and raw so we don’t forget) to all those courageous girls who have been made victims of our ugly patriarchal social fabric, and who have stood up to their tormentors/ abusers and even their protectors to stop the obscenity. And to those brave, brave girls who continue to fight to survive anotherContinue reading “VERSE| RAVAGED”

VERSE|PARADISE EARTH

Another day breaks on Paradise island,Little glimmers of it coming through the gap at the top of the curtain railThat was a structural detail i hadn’t intended to but, quite presciently, overlooked when i was putting up my blackout drapes.Still in bed, from the play of light and shadow on my wall,i know whether it’sContinue reading “VERSE|PARADISE EARTH”

VERSE|The Lady with the Mona Lisa Smile

For the gracious Padmini Pelpola – the lady who lit up the porch every evening at number 12 Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha. We were in the throes of the affliction, all lives tossed quite asunder,Everyone struggling with their own version of their worlds-turned-upside-down.I too was grappling with the changesIn a curfew-riddled cocoon of my own.ThereContinue reading “VERSE|The Lady with the Mona Lisa Smile”

VERSE| I Need To Find You Again

This dedication i wrote 8 years ago for my mother who passed away in October 2012 after a very brave, very arduous battle with cancer. She’s missed everyday, but now also celebrated every day. She remains the Queen of our Hearts. My heart’s shattered into little pieces.My mind struggles to synthesise reality.I find myself suspendedContinue reading “VERSE| I Need To Find You Again”

VERSE|Thank you for the Joy – Part 2

For my beautiful, wise mother on what would have been her 72nd birthday on the 8th of July 2020. And to all the other wonderful mothers who have left us too soon ❤️🌺 Sometimes i wake up in the morningFeeling a little less vibrant, a little more melancholy…I get dressed, and i look in theContinue reading “VERSE|Thank you for the Joy – Part 2”

VERSE|I Am Dystopia!

WHEN NATURE ROARS 2020 dawned on us, full of the goodness of even numbers,Of existential vision perfection, insight, wisdom; all symbolic rumbles,Of good things to come, of new beginnings and of blithesome continuity,Of travel and adventure, of togetherness and sunny opportunity.Just when the new year smile from our lips spread,To brighten the providential gleam inContinue reading “VERSE|I Am Dystopia!”

VERSE|Our Little Girl With Rosy Cheeks

Our very own little girl, my niece, is all grown up now! Wrote this poem for her on the eve of her high school graduation. As she heads into another chapter of her life, a beautiful, young girl, we her family given to copious nostalgia as we are, will always remember our little girl withContinue reading “VERSE|Our Little Girl With Rosy Cheeks”

VERSE|I Sat Alone with Sadness

I sat alone with SadnessI felt it’s grainy edges,I saw it’s grey-bound form,I touched its dark, dark heartAnd then I heard it moanit’s dolorous dirge.It whispered of a gloomthat quelled the light inside.It spoke of a despair that clung like gnarled old ivy.It lamented of an anguishthat congealed the blood within.And i mouldered in theContinue reading “VERSE|I Sat Alone with Sadness”