The train pulls away

just as I settle into my window seat

“Lucky you, every holiday you visit a new home”

My friend’s refrain makes me smile

Three uncles and an aunt

from both sides

Four destinations

Two vacations a year

Every fourth trip to the same house

Very clockwork

Very precise

Ever since I could remember

That had been the routine

They were all kind

and loving

The rest of the time, I was in the hostel

Shorter holidays were spent with

the sisters in the convent

who loved me even more

Orphan that I was



Yes of course

I do have them

No tap root

but fibrous ones

spread across

four destinations

Elizabeth Kuriakose

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About Elizabeth Kuriakose

A hectic career as a banker and looking after family kept me busy for ages. Quit my job to look after family. Once the children were old enough to take care of themselves, I discovered my love for writing in late 2014. Words in poetry or prose have been my constant companion thence on.

3 thoughts on “Roots

  1. VijayNair

    How adroitly Elizabeth captures the rootlessness of the persona’s roots ! One is,obliquely, reminded of Kamala Das’s childhood reminiscences .

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