Dear Reader of Poetry on Social Media

Dear Reader,

Will you read my story today?

or avert your gaze, skip words

composed by an unfamiliar name

in your timeline? easier to like

the feted ones here, matured

in language, art, defined sales,

the close-knit literary circles?

Yes, one may even notice your heart,

say ‘thank you’ with an emoji

or even be humbled by your reading.

Do not fret, I do the same!

Quod sit Vida. Poena.

Why am I quoting in Latin?

Apt nuances, read before.

la Vida Loca in Espanol

but yes, along those lines….Maya.

Do you prefer lived experiences?

or verse written under the influence

of ‘honeydew’?

Coleridge’s immortal Kubla Khan.

I have truly lived my words,

crossed the seven seas, travelled

to antique lands, paced the spaces

I dwelled in. Therefore, the tales

I weave, the images I conjure

remain fathomable.

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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