Ayah a poem by Leela Soma
My child eye watches,
Ayah’s Rangoli patterns bright, on the newly washed veranda
The dots threaded together like pearls of life’s experience
Cultural traditions handed down in perfect symmetry
The opalescent sky shimmers anew
A visual joy starts the day.
My child ear hears,
Her quiet, broken piece by piece
The coffee machine, grinds beans, the aroma rich.
Golden sun beats down noon rays harsh
Her thin body repeats the endless chores of the day
She cleans the grime of sahib’s lives to earn a crust.
My child smile engages,
Her break, a twilight rest
Ayah, my nanny,still relishes
The joy of diamond flowers jasmine-scented
A gecko darts, the chameleon changes
The sun baked nature lover.
To me, the child- ayah imparts.
Starlit navy sky, moon dipping
Soothing my eyelids to sleep
And gathers pieces of my life
She is time rich, dirt poor.
As my memsahib mum hurries to her party.
Glossary Rangoli— intricate patterns are drawn with rice flour and vegetable dyes of various rich hues. These are drawn every morning after washing the front of the house to herald the new day. Houses have to be swept and washed (swabbed- it’s called in India) every day morning and evening. Patterns are often handed down from one generation to the next.
This section: Christmas Poems , Stories and Winter Tales, Poetry, stories and poems, Winter 2014
- The Fortune Teller by Pat Byrne
- Christmas Day – a story by Cornelius Doherty
- Seasons Greetings from Stef Shaw The Glasgow Cabbie
- Some Wintertime Poems by Finola Scott
- I Deserve This – a poem for Christmas by Calum Maclean
- ‘Between Christmas and the year you never knew’ by Stephen Watt
- Hopes and Fears by James Connarty
- Playing Cards by Pat Byrne
- Merry Christmas from Scuffer Airways by James Carson
- Christmas Chocolate Log with Irish Cream Filling by Mags McGrath
- Dear Diary by Paul Wright
- Ruby saves the day by Gillian Mayes
- Ice on Loch Lomond by Catriona Malan
- Extract from a story about Christmas in Spetses by Mary Irvine
- Driving to Mass by Micheal Norton
- Frohe Weihnachten – a Christmas Poem by Brian Whittingham
- Fiona Alderman: A Peaceful Christmas Greeting from Rural France
- The Angel Beds by Michael Crossan
- Café Noir by James Carson
- Twelve Days of Christmas – Leela Soma