Padma Rajaoui has also been published under the name Padma Rubiales and the pen name, Sara King. Her book, I Stole a Rock, Poems of Love and Romance, by Sara King, was read from over the Oregon Public Broadcasting station in 2003. A poem from the book was twice read by Garrison Keillor on his Writers Almanac Show on Oct 17,2003 and Oct 17,2004. Her poem Aunt Millie was one of 100 winners in the ... more »
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Aunt Millie pinned her white hair
back with coral combs,
her bird-claw fingers grasping
at curtain fringe and lampshades,
at leather books and porcelain.
She tried to feel her way back
from the ruins of her mind,
reading her house like braille,
searching familiar trails.
She saw the king when she was twelve,
and then again last night.
Searching sunken treasure,
her childhood of footsteps
fragile in the sand.
“Who are you? ” she’d ask me daily.
“Have you come to see the king?
Put on your silk and pearls, ” she said,