kalpana shah

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Unfamiliarly Familiar


Fragile with agility
petite and sunburnt
morning to noon routinely
she moves every roads
every lane in her vicinity
often I am out with her shout
from my balcony I too shout
for the empty space
of freeze I care
to cook to relish
my family to delight
on her cart lies
fresh and stale
vegetables and fruits
with leaves and flowers
she measures on scale
with sweet word she lures
a special deal of her cart
she takes money in advance
for her next day purchase
since many years, I see her shout
on a day unseen
or a shout unheard
anxiously I wait
a stranger of street
listening to her ordeals
familiar of her quality
she left a feeling strange
in my family, in my heart
she is no more
a stranger to me

Submitted: Monday, July 22, 2013
Edited: Monday, July 22, 2013

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