Friday, August 05, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
This is my submission for Limerick-Off Mondays at Mad Kane's blog.
A gal who was lovely and fair
With long golden flowing hair,
Was rescued from her tower,
By a prince of great power
Who used her hair as a stair.
Saturday, July 02, 2011
Its almost a month since the incident which turned our lives upside down, and shattered our complacence. My father was attacked by a knife-wielding man when he returned home, one night. That it happened on our doorstep, was the first shock. Fifteen years of living in peaceful surroundings with hardly another house in sight, had lulled us into a false sense of security. That it happened to my father, a gentle unassuming man, was the second. None of us really expect anything truly terrible to happen to us. Until it does. All those stories - masked men, armed robberies, knives and guns- happen to other people. We spend one moment ‘tsk’ing in sympathy, maybe a few more in ghoulish curiosity, thank god it wasn’t us and move on.
Guilt and fear-that is the unfortunate lot of the victims. Who realize how whole lives can change in a couple of seconds, that they might spend the rest of their lives trying to recover from those few seconds. That what seems an earth shattering event to them, is lowest in priority to the police - an attempted robbery with no loss of life and only a broken door to show.
There are images that play in my mind over and over again. A masked man, his eyes glittering in the light, holding a knife and a hand around my father’s throat, the normally pristine floors covered with blood from my fathers dripping hands, the front door fallen on the floor ripped from its hinges, the screaming and the silence that followed, my son lying quietly on the bed with blood on the floor all around him.
The endless stream of visitors, come bearing fruit, sympathy and suggestions- sell the house, shift to town, get a dog, get a watchman and so on. Things seem better for a few hours. Yet when they leave, fear seeps in again slowly.
Everyday darkness falls and my father, imagining watching eyes from every window, goes around drawing the curtains, imagining that anyone walking on the road is a potential threat, watches carefully out of every window, imagining that masked men can come through the door any minute, checks the locks again and again.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Appreciating the humble coffee mug
Today I want to say something wonderful
About my coffee mug
The first thing I want to see everyday
Steaming in the morning light
I hug its well-rounded contours
Close to my chest and sigh deeply
With pure pleasure
As warmth seeps into me
I take a deep deep breath
Inhale the aroma
Of hot filter coffee
The wide handle fits easily into my palm
Encircled by fingers and thumb
The soft pastel colour
Patterned with flowers
Are a welcome sight for sleepy eyes
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Where the next step will take me
Where I am right now
Dosent really matter somehow
The future is what’s exciting
Will it bring something I've been waiting for so long
A chance to right a wrong
A chance to win the game
A chance to make a name
The next step is waiting for me
If only I could see what it would bring me