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 Tripathi

Jayshree Tripathi lived in diverse cultures for over thirty years. Her late husband was a career diplomat in the Indian Civil Service. Jayshree received her Master of Arts Degree in English Literature from Delhi University (1978) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Rights Law (2001, Distance Education Programme) from the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru. She has been an educator and examiner in English Language and Literature for the International Baccalaureate Organization and their trained Consultant. Jayshree has worked in print media in the late ’70s and ’80s and calls herself an 'arranger of words', of narrative verse and short fiction. She continues in raising awareness about adult literacy in India and ‘women helping women’- #HelpHerWalkForward. Jayshree, as the eldest of five daughters, includes her maiden surname in her writing. On Twitter @JayMTrips. On LinkedIn https://in.linkedin.com/in/jayshreemtripathi

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