Carnival

Come children,
Let us go.
The carnival has
Just begun.

Daddy, what’s a
Carnival?

There’s a king.
And a procession.
A king ?
Yes. King Momo.
Enough talk, children,
Let’s go.

Down the hill
We went.
Mummy, daddy
And us two kiddies
On our rickety Lambretta
God-sent.

The church square was streaming
With boys, girls,
Uncles, aunts,
Young, old,
Stout and lean.
Streamers and ribbons
Red, blue, pink and green.

On every face
There was a smile,
A happy grin.
So we stood
In the crowd great
And watched the parade.

There were moving floats
Huge and small.
Ladies and gentlemen
Fat and tall.

A man with a red nose
Shining bright
Winking and blinking
Like a discolight.

Children with wands
And gauzy wings,
Pink chubby cheeks
And silver curlings.

Look, there’s a giraffe
Bright green!
And, oh see,
There’s the carnival queen!

There comes a man
With feathers behind.
Oh! It’s a tail!
We screamed in delight.

At last here comes
King Momo
Waving his arms
Like a majordomo.

Finally the benevolent king
Gave us all his blessing.
All around the trumpets blared.
There was laughter in the air.

Viva King Momo!
Viva King Momo!
Soon it was
Time to go.

A dosa and coffee
From Kamat’s, daddy.

Off we went
And had our fill
Before returning home
Up the hill.

Vineetha Mekkoth
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About Vineetha

Poet, writer, translator, editor Based in India. Has published poems in various anthologies. Is on the translators panel of the Kerala Sahitya Academy. Her poems have been included in the Brian Wrixon anthologies 'Words on the Winds of Change' and 'Women of One World'. She has also coauthored a poem with Gaurangi Patel which has been included in the 'Duet Anthology' brought out by XpressPublications. She has been selected for the ICOP Critics Award for March 2015 and her poem 'Reflections' is on the list of Highly Commended poems for the month selected by Destiny Poets, UK. In April 2015 her poem was published on the blog 'Incredible Women of India'. In the same month, April 2015, her poem 'Ashtavakra' was chosen as the Poem of the Month by Destiny Poets' International Community of Poets. In July 2015 her poem 'Nightscape' was one of the Highly recommended poems by Destiny Poets. So too in October 2015 her poem, 'Peace Always' was in the list of Highly Recommended poems by ICOP. Has been co-editor of 'Umbilical Chords: An Anthology on Parents Remembered'. Her debut poetry collection, 'Ashtavakra and Other Poems' was published in August 2017 by Authorspress, New Delhi

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