Frugal charm….

When in winter blues,
In withered tresses shed,
I see your bare beauty,
Those translucent veined,
Limbs reaching for sky.
I see your steel, inner force.
That frugal, worn out charm,
Brings in me a romance, a pain,
That no spring can ever string.

(c) Shashikala Sasidharan
Feb 21, 2016

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About Shashikala Sasidharan Elambakkattu

Shashikala S. is Post Doctoral Research Fellow at Rutgers University, USA working on developmental genetic and cellbiology. She has a doctorate in Proteomics and Cell Biology (Bio-technology) from Rajiv Gandhi Centre of Biotechnology (DBT), INDIA. And is actively involved with academic research, but poetry and painting are her passion. She writes on the realms of cosmic spirituality,nature's mysticism and egalitarian philosophy. Her poems have been published Kannur University Magazine, Tellicherry, Kerala and in anthologies 'Resonance" by "Poets Artists Unplugged" and "Across The Way" and at

7 thoughts on “Frugal charm….

  1. VijayNair

    Shashikala’s romantic ” agony” is foregrounded in this evocation of the” bare beauty” and ”frugal, worn-out charm” of branches in winter.


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