Pearls and I will always be friends
I wore them like little flowers clusters in my ears
Daddy’s sweet little girl at thirteen
Pearls adorned my neck much later
The single string clasped on the side at college
Three careless strings around my throat
The days I wanted to look casually elegant
Eloquent in my newfound adulthood as wife
Simpering paragon of femininity
A new bride.
These days I’ll settle for
Cheap cut glass rosary beads
With mother of pearl broach pinching me
I have learnt since then
To value not their showcase innocence
But the dignity of simple resilience.
an accumulation of a thousand
© Amrita Valan
About the Author
I was born and raised in Calcutta, India and am residing at present in Bangalore. I have a degree in English Literature from Loreto college and a post graduate degree from Jadavpur University.
I have been through a spectrum of jobs in diverse fields before settling down and starting my family. One of my jobs was in the BPO sector, handling claims for motor insurance, and health insurance for UK and US processes respectively. Another was creating simulation papers for training management entrance examinees in deductive logic. All through which I scribbled poetry in the odd breaks in between.
Motherhood and my two boys have been a defining influence in my literary life. Though this book has few of them, I have started writing for children, after their birth.
Thus my self I introduce: I am here today Only as Akshara:The written word.
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