Dream undreamed

I dreamt of us last night
In an old low red roofed house
In Madurai

Silver anklets tinkling
Your hair snaking down
Carrying a pot of water
On your hips
You came down the road.
Yes. It was in Madurai.

You climbed the creaky
Wooden stairs
Placed the pot on the floor
Turned to the dying stove
And blew till the embers
Started to glow.
In that old house in Madurai.

Stirring the rice
Boiling in the vessel
You looked at me with kohl-rimmed
Coal black eyes
All I could do
Was gulp and wish
That you were mine.
In that low roofed house in
Madurai.

Your ma in law
Harangued you
For taking too long
At the well
And all I could do
Was sigh for you
In that old red roofed house
In Madurai.

That was a long time ago
Maybe in some past birth
When I thought I would say no
To my love to my dream
In the low red roofed house
In Madurai.

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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