Vaidehi

(12 February 1945 - / Kundapur, Udupi district, Karnataka / India)

MY MOTHER'S SARI

There, in the wooden box
my mother's sari, enveloped in white muslin,
with mothballs.

Her sense of order is in each one
of its folds,
and the press of her palm.
A universe of ironing lies beneath the pillow.
Tiny packets of camphor, incense and fragrant roots -

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