Grand tales

The sun played
hide-and-seek with leaves
of peepal
as the sweet
Paati slowly rocked herself,
as she did always.

A half-moon
of young children look
up at her,
with full moon
eyes, as she clears her throat, as
was customary.

“When I was a wee little lady
I sat on the river banks of Kaveri
There came a young prince of twenty
a man of honor and chivalry

He did not say a word
but pulled out a thorn from my toe.
The world around me blurred
I was his from then and forever more.”

And on she
eloquently went
on from one
tale to next,
with ooohs and aaahs and
laughs in symphony.

Until they
were all full on the
memories
she fed them,
she, happy to be heard, them
hungover with love.

©Namratha Varadharajan

Poetry Type:

Today, I have experimented with two types of poetry.

  1. Shadorma: it is a short form of poetry that follows the syllable count 3/5/3/3/7/5
  2. Quatrain: basically 4-lines of a poem with a specific rhyming scheme. Here, I have used a ABAB rhyme i.e every alternate line rhymes.

Inspiration: Vishranti 

My cousin’s grandma spent her last years in this ‘Home away from home” called Vishranti in the outskirts of Bangalore. There are two main things that make this place unique.

  1. It is a Multifaceted Center for Seniors, Orphans and Vocational Training: I believe housing senior citizens with orphans and small children from rural areas is a great avenue for breeding love. Added to that, it is also an adoption center for the 100s of girls who are routinely dumped in our state from places ranging from dustbins to temples.
  2. They came to the limelight with their unique project for self-sustenance which earned the title of “Pizza Grannies” for the founders of this venture. Yep! They make pizzas with fresh organic ingredients and a liberal dose of love and sold it. They have several outlets in IT companies as well as certain malls.

Do visit their site to learn more about them.


For each letter this April, I shall be presenting a poem inspired by ‘something’ that is making our world a little bit kinder, a little bit greener. The ‘something’ is a mix of people, movements, thoughts, or organizations who are having a positive influence on the world around us. Read all the posts in ‘Poetry For A Cause’ series by linking the button below.

“CHANGE BEGINS WITH AWARENESS” 

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