Tiku akp


My Grand Mother - Poem by Tiku akp

I saw her face upside down
As she wrapped me in her veil-wide and white;
A doll of widow-hood;
She pounded my navel with her palm;
Round and round; and applied oil;
May be of mustard of our land; .
I twisted my limbs in sweat pain;
And grabbed her fingers; .
They tickled me below my belly.
Now, she hung me upside down;
Over her lap, pleated and coiled.
She kissed my feet.
I reached for her dried up breasts;
Hung upside down;
The faces of my ancestors were itched
On them; like tattoos.
Her head lay on my lap;
As a sacred banyan;
Threads of untold miseries hung,
Like serpents around her waist.
I felt her pulse fearing that
She might get burnt alive;
As she had been for years;
The whistle of the approaching
Train made me weep;
On the perfumed shoulder of my mother.


Comments about My Grand Mother by Tiku akp

  • Dimitrios Galanis (4/11/2016 3:12:00 PM)


    Ι lived vividly memories beloved through your poem here, dear Tiku. (Report) Reply

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  • Khairul Ahsan (12/25/2015 7:14:00 AM)


    It's a wonderful poem. I particularly liked the expression- 'A doll of widow-hood'.
    I appreciate how you expressed your deep feelings for your grandmother. Appreciate the feelings of gratitude.
    I have a grand daughter, now 16 months old. I love to play with her, talk to her, sing to her, and as your grandma did to you, massage mustard oil on her body and navel and we sunbathe together. I love to watch her grow day to day.
    Your poem has brought home to me very intimate feelings.
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  • Bharati Nayak (9/14/2015 7:36:00 AM)


    I felt her pulse fearing that
    She might get burnt alive
    As she had been for years- - - - Your deep attachment with your grand mother..her love and care for you, and your sensibilities towards her sufferings are depicted so nicely in some heart touching lines
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  • Queeny Gona (5/28/2015 4:32:00 AM)


    Wonderful tribute to your granny recalling the times of your intimacy with her heightened emotions. (Report) Reply

  • Cigeng Zhang (5/28/2015 4:21:00 AM)


    A touching poem for your beloved grandmother.Beautiful. (Report) Reply

  • Roongratt Srimanchantha (7/13/2012 8:01:00 AM)


    Another good one here! !
    Keep writing..
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  • (3/7/2012 10:15:00 PM)


    An honorable poetic tribute to your grandmother. A fine piece. (Report) Reply

  • (7/14/2011 8:01:00 PM)


    wonderful poem.. emotion well expressed... (Report) Reply

  • (6/23/2011 1:03:00 PM)


    idon't know where to begin...you axplained it so beatifully, i deeply related to the images in your poem, reminded me of the time when i sat in my grandmother's lap and played...thank you for writting this poem (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (6/16/2011 8:03:00 AM)


    Ouch, i am not hurt but touched...It was pure heart talking, love the imagery :)

    sweet heart describe through this sweet write for the sweet past that will forever be sweet memories...So fair to say 'Sweet chains'_Unwritten Soul
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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 30, 2010

Poem Edited: Friday, July 15, 2011


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