Poena ~ Ashes of Rose

Poena ~ 1

In memory of my nephew Viraj Thappa

Ashes of Rose

My colour for YOU,  Ashes of Rose,
soft words reflect the colour
of your flushed cheeks, tinged with indigo blue.

You who lie so still, content.

Smiling in deep slumber, breathing in tune
to an ephemeral heartbeat, your lips part asunder,
a little gurgle escapes your dream, do happy thoughts

cause your serene smile?

Unperturbed by the silent cries of anguish, the tears,
…………. the parents, with loved ones, and us……………….
in this impersonal sanitised children’s ward.

WHY YOU?

Published by Jayshree Misra Tripathi

Jayshree, as the eldest of five daughters, includes her maiden surname 'Misra' in her writing. She lived a nomadic life from 1986 till 2015, as the wife of a career foreign service officer in the Indian Civil Service. She has written from across three continents - as a freelance journalist, teacher and poet. Jayshree followed up her MA in English (Literature) from Delhi University (1978), with a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Rights Law from the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru (Distance Education programme, 2001). She has taught English Language and Literature, been an examiner in English for the Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Organisation and was their trained Consultant for the DP & CP. She worked briefly in the print media, in Delhi, during the mid-80s.

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